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Birmingham School Board meets to ratify a temporary shutdown of two high schools and an elementary school facing desegregation. Racial violence last night left one man dead and a score injured., September 1963
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (16.51 x 23.5 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: P2021.13.322

Commentary
Close Schools for Public Safety: The Birmingham School Board meets today to ratify its action for a temporary shutdown of two high schools and an elementary school facing desegregation under court orders. Racial violence here last night left one man dead and a score injured. The board members around the table are (clockwise) Chairman Robert Arthur, L. A. Corcoran, Mrs. Kate Looney, Andrew Kaetz, Herbert Stockham, Dr. C. W. Neville and Dr. Theo Wright.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title.

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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (16.51 x 23.5 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 10 in. (20.48 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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