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Edwin Reichert

Reverend Martin Luther King arrives in Berlin for a visit that includes preaching in East Berlin, September 12, 1964
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (16.83 x 20.96 cm)

Creation Place: North America, German
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Eric Alterman
Accession Number: P2021.21.12

East Berliners to Hear Martin Luther King: Reverend Martin Luther King arrives in Berlin to begin a two-day visit that includes preaching in East Berlin tomorrow. At Tempelhof Airport in West Berlin are (from left): West Berlin Protestant church leader Hans-Martin Helbich; Chief of Protocol Dr. Ruprecht Rauch; Dr. King; and Dr. Ralph Abernathy.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.

Pope Saint Paul VI (born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini; September 26, 1897 – August 6, 1978) served as Pope from June 21, 1963 until his death in 1978. Succeeding John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council. He closed the Council in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostering improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Christians.

On recto: typewritten title and date. On verso: typewritten title and typewritten label with title affixed.

Associated Press ID # 6409120299.

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


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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  • Overall Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (16.83 x 20.96 cm)

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