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Shaykh Muhammad (left) and Raymond Hall were arrested last night and charged with conspiracy and inciting a riot, September 15, 1964
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (24.13 x 17.46 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.1087

Accused of Inciting Last Month's black Rioting: Shaykh Muhammad (left), 34, and Raymond Hall, 25, were arrested last night and charged with conspiracy and inciting a riot. Violence and looting August 28-30 caused more than $2.5 million property damage. Both are members of a black freedom movement.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: Associated Press stamp and date stamp.

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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  • Image Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (24.13 x 17.46 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 15/16 x 8 1/16 in. (25.24 x 20.48 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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