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Charles Knoblock (aka Charles E. Knoblock)

(c. 1917 - 2006, Charlotte, NC)

Members of the Black Muslims sit in annual convention at Chicago's Coliseum, February 26, 1963
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 5/8 x 9 5/16 in. (16.83 x 23.65 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: P2021.13.1084

Muslims Hold National Convention: Under a banner that proclaims their leader, Elijah Muhammad, as the prophet of Allah, members of the Black Muslims sit in annual convention at Chicago's Coliseum today. Female members of the group wear white garb and sit apart from the men. The sect, which opposes integration, extended the hand of cooperation to less militant black groups.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: typewritten title 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: 6 5/8 x 9 5/16 in. (16.83 x 23.65 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 x 9 3/4 in. (17.78 x 24.77 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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