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Mrs. Coretta Scott King talks with Jesse Hill of Atlanta during a press conference at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, January 13, 1983
Vintage wire photograph with resin coating on paper
9 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (23.5 x 18.42 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: P2021.13.63

Commentary
In Conference: Mrs. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talks with Jesse Hill of Atlanta during a press conference at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

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
Associated Press ID #8301130103

Marks
On recto: typewritten artist's credit, title and date.

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 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (23.5 x 18.42 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 15/16 x 7 15/16 in. (25.24 x 20.16 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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