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Black officers haul off a laughing Civil Rights demonstrator in Prichard during an attempt to march on the Prichard City Hall, June 12, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.279

Officer Haul Off Civil Rights Marcher: black officers haul off a laughing Civil Rights demonstrator in Prichard on Wednesday. The man was among approximately 150 arrested as massed police broke up an attempt to march on the Prichard City Hall. The demonstrators had been refused a parade permit, Mobile, Alabama.

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

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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