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D-Day assault on Easy Red Beach. U.S. assault troops, laden with equipment, wade through the surf from landing craft., June 1944 (printed 1959)
Wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
6 5/16 x 9 1/16 in. (16.03 x 23.02 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.125

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #4406091498.

This was D-Day, Assault on Easy Red Beach: U.S. assault troops, laden with equipment, wade from landing craft through the surf to a Normandy beach to support those who had gone before in the D-Day assault, June 6, 1944.

Sheet: 6 9/16 x 9 1/4

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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