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More than 211 people, including about 30 blacks, have agreed to serve on Birmingham's new Community Affairs Committee, July 1963
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (16.03 x 22.23 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: P2021.13.272

Commentary
Biracial Committee Organizes: More than 211 people, including about 30 blacks, have agreed to serve on Birmingham's new Community Affairs Committee, organized by Mayor Albert Boutwell. The group was formed of people from all walks of life to try to iron out the city's economic and social problems, Birmingham, Alabama.

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

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 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (16.03 x 22.23 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 6 15/16 x 10 in. (17.62 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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