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Soviet parachute troops board a huge Russian transport for drills preceding operations over enemy territory, July 1942
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: Unknown
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.931

Soviet parachute troops board a huge Russian transport for drills, preceding operations over enemy territory. Reports from London state that a Russian group of parachutists landed near a concentration camp in Poland. They set the prisoners free and supplied them with guns and ammunition that they are now using to carry on guerrilla warfare. Erich Guttart, known as “the Little Butcher”, Chief of the Lublin Gestapo in Poland, was killed when his men clashed with the guerrillas. They are still being supplied with weapons dropped from Russian planes, July 1942.

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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