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Execution at Fort Bravetta of Pietro Caruso, the pro-Nazi Chief of Police of Rome , September 22, 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 7/16 x 6 3/4 in. (23.97 x 17.15 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.460

Commentary
Diptych. Pietro Caruso, pro-Nazi police of Rome, was sentenced to death by the Italian High Court of Justice in Rome. These two photographs show Caruso's execution at Fort Bravetta, Italy, September 22, 1944.

Dimensions
Top Image: 4 11/16 x 6 3/4

Bottom Image: 4 5/8 x 6 3/4

Sheet: 9 7/8 x 8 1/16

Materials
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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  • Image Dimensions: 9 7/16 x 6 3/4 in. (239.71 x 171.45 mm)

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