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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 4, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 7/16 x 10 1/8 in. (18.89 x 25.72 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: P2019.21.648

Illustrated: Associated Press ID # 450204047.

Big Three in Conference at Yalta Palace. Around a circular table at Yalta Palace, Yalta, Crimean Peninsula, Russia on February 4, 1945 are Soviet Marshal Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and their staffs. They open their eight-day conference on plans to crush Nazism. At the table, clockwise from the officer at left, are: Ivan Maisky, Soviet Vice Commissioner of Foreign Affairs; Soviet Marshal Joseph Stalin; unidentified man; Major General Laurence S. Kuter, Assistant Chief of U.S. Air Staff (standing); General George C. Marshall, United States Army Chief of Staff; Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to President Roosevelt; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Edward R. Settenius Jr., U.S. Secretary of State; Admiral Ernest J. King, U.S. Navy Commander in Chief; unidentified man; British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden; and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Russian Ambassador to the United States Andrei Gromyko is facing the camera at left in the group at upper left.

Sheet: 8 3/16 x 10 3/4

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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