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Rev. William H. Dubay talks to newsmen and supporters on the steps outside St. Albert the Great Church in Compton, June 15, 1964
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 1/2 x 9 5/16 in. (16.51 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: P2021.13.333

Priest Answers Questions: William H. Dubay, 29, has been the center of a controversy since he wrote a letter to Pope Paul VI asking him to remove James Francis Cardinal McIntyre for alleged failure to take a stand on Civil Rights. Dubay talks to newsmen and supporters on the steps outside St. Albert the Great Church in Compton on Sunday. He had just finished celebrating mass for his predominantly-black congregation.

William Henry DuBay (b. 1934) was a Catholic priest and activist whose activities and suspension from the priesthood created controversy in the mid-1960s. He published widely on Church reform, the rights of ethnic and sexual minorities, and plain language.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: Associated Press stamp 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 1/2 x 9 5/16 in. (16.51 x 23.65 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 10 in. (20.64 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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