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General Kuniaki Koiso, Premier of Japan in 1944 and ardent imperialist, enters Sugamo Prison in Tokyo to face war crime charges, 1946-1948
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.120

“The Tiger” is Caged: General Kuniaki Koiso, Premier of Japan in 1944 and ardent imperialist, carrying cane, enters Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. He will face war crime charges. The 65-year-old General, named “the Tiger”, was a rabid proponent of Japanese Expansion. He led in the Manchurian occupation. NB: Kuniaki Koiso (小磯 國昭 Koiso Kuniaki, March 22, 1880 – November 3, 1950) was a Japanese general in the Imperial Japanese Army, Governor-General of Korea and 28th Prime Minister of Japan from July 22, 1944, - April 7, 1945. He was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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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