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Senator Richard Russell of Georgia with his Democratic colleague Senator John Stennis of Mississippi, as they confer about plans to oppose the Civil Rights bill, April 10, 1964
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment and airbrushing on paper
9 3/16 x 6 15/16 in. (23.34 x 17.62 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: P2021.13.1384

Plan Civil Rights Strategy: Senator Richard Russell of Georgia poses with his Democratic colleague from Mississippi, Senator John Stennis (left), as they confer in a Capitol hallway about plans to oppose the Civil Rights bill. Russell is the leader of forces opposing the legislation in the Senate, Washington DC.

On recto: typewritten title and date. On verso: Associated Press 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: 9 3/16 x 6 15/16 in. (23.34 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/16 in. (25.4 x 20.48 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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