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Omaha Beach during Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. Landing crafts put troops and supplies ashore., June 1944 (printed June 1969)
Wire photograph on paper
6 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (17.46 x 23.5 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: P2019.21.130

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #440601047 (variant cropping).

Operation Overlord in Full Swing---This was the scene along a section of Omaha Beach during Operation Overlord, code name for the Normandy invasion during World War II 25 years ago this week. Large landing craft put American troops and supplies ashore on Omaha, one of five invasion beaches, while barrage balloons float overhead. Part of the large fleet of 5000-6000 ships that brought the Allied Expeditionary Force from Britain can be seen in the background.

Sheet: 8 1/8 x 10

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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