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Dignitaries attending the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta are (front row) Michigan Governor and Mrs. George Romney, (back row) Senator Eugene McCarthy, Presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and Senator Edward Kennedy, April 9, 1968
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: P2021.13.4

Commentary
In services: Among the dignitaries attending the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta today were (front row) Michigan Governor and Mrs. George Romney, (back row) Senator Eugene McCarthy, Presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and Senator Edward Kennedy.

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.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title, newspaper stamp and newspaper caption with date stamp affixed.

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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