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Charles Kelly

(North Carolina, c. 1932 - June 3, 2016, Atlanta, GA)

Mrs. Coretta King listens to a song by Aretha Franklin during Memorial Services in Memphis for her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 16, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 3/16 x 6 13/16 in. (23.34 x 17.3 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: P2021.13.29

Commentary
King Is Remembered: Mrs. Coretta King listens to a song by Aretha Franklin during Memorial Services in Memphis for her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was killed in Memphis in April. The Memorial Service was part of the program of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an American author, activist and Civil Rights leader. She was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and she helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Bibliography
Variant illustrated: Associated Press ID #680816076

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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 9 3/16 x 6 13/16 in. (23.34 x 17.3 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 1/16 x 7 7/16 in. (25.56 x 18.89 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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