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Dr. Karl Barth holds the arm of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the two walk toward Princeton University Chapel, April 29, 1962
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 15/16 x 6 9/16 in. (20.16 x 16.67 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: P2021.13.20

Preach At Princeton: Dr. Karl Barth, well-known Swiss theologian and philosopher, holds the arm of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., integration leader, as the two walk toward Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. King delivered sermon at morning service; Dr. Barth is expected to address the evening service. At left in background is Dr. James I. McCord, President of the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.

On recto: typewritten title.
On verso: Associated Press stamp, date stamp and typewritten label with title affixed.

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: 7 15/16 x 6 9/16 in. (20.16 x 16.67 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 6 15/16 in. (20.32 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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