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Language teacher Frances Moore sits alone in her classroom at all-white Hall High School after it was closed by Governor Orval Faubus, September 15, 1958
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 5/8 x 8 5/16 in. (16.83 x 21.11 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams
Accession Number: P2021.9.46

School Room Is Empty In Little Rock: Miss Frances Moore, language teacher for the 11th and 12th grades, sits alone in her classroom today at Hall High School, an all-white school. Hall High is one of four Little Rock schools closed by Governor Orval Faubus.

Donated to the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College by Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg on June 2, 2021.

On recto: typewritten title and date.

On verso: manuscript title, date stamp, and label with manuscript title affixed.

Sheet: 8 3/16 x 10

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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