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Sergeant Barnett, squadron armament crewmen at Oahu Field, inspects damaged wing flap of Flying Fortress that returned after sinking a destroyer in the Battle of Midway, June 1942
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
8 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (20.96 x 18.1 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.796

Sheet: 8 3/8 x 7 3/8

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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