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An enclave of black students amid a group of whites attending commencement a the University of California, Berkeley, May 1988
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: P2021.13.347

Commentary
An enclave of black students amid a group of whites attending commencement a the University of California, Berkeley. Voluntary segregation has taken hold at the university, affecting sporting events, the social center, the dining hall, and even the library.

Marks
On recto: typewritten artist's credit, typewritten title and New York Times credit.

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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