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Neal Ulevich

(Milwaukee, WI, June 18, 1946 – )

Reporter Martin Agronsky confers with Milwaukee Civil Rights leader Father James E. Groppi, September 17, 1967
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 7/16 x 6 7/8 in. (23.97 x 17.46 cm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Eric Alterman
Accession Number: P2021.21.18

Airing Views: Reporter Martin Agronsky, left, emphasizes a point as he confers with Milwaukee Civil Rights leader Father James E. Groppi. Agronsky and Ike Pappas interviewed Groppi on CBS' "Face the Nation" show today.

James E. Groppi (1930-1985) was a Roman Catholic priest and noted Civil Rights activist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As an NAACP advisor, Groppi organized an all-black group of men called the Milwaukee Commandos. They protected marchers and helped quell violence during the Freedom Marches. With the NAACP Youth Council, Groppi mounted a lengthy demonstration against the city of Milwaukee striving for fair housing.

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

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

Sheet: 9 7/8 x 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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