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British Army Photographer

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stands to receive an ovation from British Eighth Army troops in Tripoli, Libya, January 1944
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
7 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (19.37 x 23.18 cm)

Creation Place: Africa, British
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.635

Illustrated: Associated Press ID # 4401010543.

WWII, Churchill Visits Tripoli: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stands to receive an ovation from British Eighth Army troops. He visited them in Tripoli, Libya during Allied invasion of North Africa in January 1944. Seated in the car are General Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, Commander of British Forces for the European invasion, and Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese, Commander of the Eighth Army.

Sheet: 8 1/8 x 9 7/8

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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