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Civil Rights activists retraced the footsteps of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma. Their demonstration was okayed by a court order., April 1972
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.283

Commentary
Marching in Selma: Civil Rights activists, their demonstration cleared by a court order, retraced the footsteps of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Selma Mayor Joe Smitherman, who was mayor in 1965 during the massive demonstrations in Selma, denied a parade permit earlier in the week, but a federal judge okayed the march, Selma, Alabama.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title.

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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