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United States Army Signal Corps Photographer

Group portrait at the Yalta Conference, including Premier Joseph Stalin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, February 12, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/4 x 10 9/16 in. (19.69 x 26.83 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.647

Big Three at Yalta: In this photo provided by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, around the table at Yalta, clockwise from man at extreme left are: Andrei Vyshinsky, Russian Vice Commissar of Foreign Affairs; Russian Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov; Marshal Joseph Stalin; Ivan Maisky, Vice Commissar of Foreign Affairs; Andrei Gromyko, Russian Ambassador to the U.S.; Admiral William D. Leahy; Edward R. Stettinius Jr., United States Secretary of State; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Charles E. Bohlen, Chief of State Department, Division of Eastern European Affairs; James F. Byrnes, OWM Chief; unidentified; Anthony Eden, British Foreign Minister; Prime Minister Winston Churchill; two unidentified men; and Archibald Clark Kerr, British Ambassador to Russia, February 12, 1945.

Sheet: 8 1/8 x 10 7/8

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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