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Charles Kelly

(North Carolina, c. 1932 - June 3, 2016, Atlanta, GA)

Mrs. Coretta Scott King presents an award to the Gary, Indiana public school system for its work with inner city children, July 1, 1971
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 15/16 x 9 3/4 in. (17.62 x 24.77 cm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Eric Alterman
Accession Number: P2021.21.10

Achievement Award for Gary Schools: Mrs. Coretta Scott King presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center's first annual Award of Achievement to the Gary, Indiana public school system for its work with inner city children. Recipients are (from left): Lori Benford; Dr. M. W. Sullivan of Behavioral Research Labs; Leroy Holliday; and Dr. Alfonso D. Holliday II, President of the Gary School Board. All are from Gary.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an American author, activist and Civil Rights leader. She was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and she helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

On recto: typewritten title and date. On verso: title.

Donated to the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College by Eric Alterman on December 16, 2021.

Sheet: 7 7/8 x 10 1/8

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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