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Atlanta Civil Rights leader Andrew Young and his family watch television in Atlanta for returns from Wednesday's primary, September 9, 1970
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.194

Commentary
Civil Rights Leader Awaits Returns: Atlanta Civil Rights leader Andrew Young and his family watch television in Atlanta for returns from Wednesday's primary. Young is among four Democratic candidates seeking to unseat Representative Fletcher Thompson, a Republican from Georgia's 5th District. Seated clockwise are daughters, Paula, Lynn and Lisa, and Mrs. Young.

Andrew Young (1932-present) is an American politician, diplomat, and activist. Young was an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was a close confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bibliography
Associated Press ID #7009090171

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp.

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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