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Joe Holloway, Jr.

(1928 – 2000, Titus, AL)

Reverend Ralph Abernathy announced his resignation as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during a news conference in Atlanta, July 9, 1973
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (25.08 x 17.62 cm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.94

Commentary
Resigns From SCLC Post: Reverend Ralph Abernathy is pictured Monday during an Atlanta, Georgia news conference where he announced he is resigning as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, primarily because of a lack of financial support. He headed the SCLC for five years, since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968.

Ralph Abernathy (1926-1990) was a Baptist minister who, with Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the historic Montgomery Bus Boycotts. Abernathy co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a major Civil Rights figure, serving as close adviser to King and later assuming SCLC Presidency.

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 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (25.08 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 7/16 x 8 in. (26.51 x 20.32 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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