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Top: Black children attend classes in dilapidated structures with little protection against weather, Brewton, Georgia. Bottom: Sunlight streams through the window of a new, but empty, classroom in a rural black school in Brewton, Georgia. , October 2, 1956
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 1/2 x 6 9/16 in. (21.59 x 16.67 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.389

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title, United Press International stamp and 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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  • Image Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 6 9/16 in. (21.59 x 16.67 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 x 7 1/8 in. (22.86 x 18.1 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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