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Mayor Reg Albritton of Camden, Alabama talks to black leaders at the city limits as they march on the court house, April 1965
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: P2021.13.306

Commentary
Reg Albritton, Camden, Alabama mayor with a white hard hat, talks to black leaders at the Camden city limits as they march on the court house. The marchers are held in an effort to enforce a boycott to voter registration, Camden, Alabama.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: Associated Press stamp and date stamp.

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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