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PFC Harvey Matchees of Myton, Utah inspects the site outside the entrance to the bomb shelter of Reich Chancellery building in Berlin, shortly after World War II, 1945 (printed 1965)
Wire photograph on paper
7 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (19.69 x 16.51 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.262

PFC Harvey Matchees of Myton, Utah inspects the site just outside the entrance to the underground bomb shelter of the Reich Chancellery building in Berlin, Germany, shortly after the end of World War II. A German chancellery guard reported that he saw the bodies of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun burned here, Germany, 1945.

Sheet: 8 15/16 x 6 15/16

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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