A British gun crew under heavy enemy shell fire calmly load their gun for action on the Egyptian front, just outside of Matruh, June 30, 1942
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 7/16 x 9 1/16 in. (18.89 x 23.02 cm)
Illustrated: Associated Press ID #4206300149.
A British gun crew under heavy enemy shell fire calmly load their gun for action on the Egyptian front, just outside of Matruh on June 30, 1942. The British are depending on men like these to stop the Axis drive towards Alexandria and the Suez Canal.
Sheet: 7 15/16 x 10 5/16
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)
This object has the following keywords:
- Axis Forces
- European Theater
- Great Britain
- Land bombardments
- Suez Canal
- Western Desert Campaign
- World War II
- Image Dimensions: 7 7/16 x 9 1/16 in. (18.89 x 23.02 cm)
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