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Governors Conference: Missouri Governor John Dalton, who signed a declaration against discrimination, with Alabama Governor George Wallace and Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, two leading segregation advocates, July 22, 1963
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 11/16 x 9 9/16 in. (16.99 x 24.29 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: P2021.13.1306

Moderate Seated with Segregation Governors: Seating at the Governors Conference in Miami Beach, Florida today was mixed, even if the sides were sharply drawn on the segregation issue. Missouri Governor John M. Dalton (left), who signed a New England governors declaration against discrimination, is pictured at the table with Alabama Governor George C. Wallace (center) and Mississippi Governor Ross R. Barnett, two of the South's leading segregation advocates.

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: 6 11/16 x 9 9/16 in. (16.99 x 24.29 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 10 in. (20.48 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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