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Japanese atomic research equipment confiscated by U.S. Occupation Forces is destroyed with a torch, December 3, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.118

Commentary
Japanese Atomic Equipment is Destroyed: Part of the Japanese atomic research equipment confiscated by U.S. Occupation Forces is destroyed with a torch, under orders from General MacArthur. The move, which involved machines located in three different cities, was another step in the Allied policy of destroying Japan’s war-making potential, December 3, 1945.

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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