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Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill during the North African Conference, Italy, December 9, 1943
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/8 x 9 15/16 in. (18.73 x 25.24 cm)

Creation Place: Africa
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.632

Illustrated: Associated Press ID # 431209024.

Allied Leaders Confer in North Africa: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in an informal pose during an interlude in the North African Conference, Italy, December 9, 1943.

Sheet: 7 11/16 x 9 15/16

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)

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