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A dead U.S. Marine holds the knife he used to kill a Japanese soldier in the background. A sniper killed the Marine. Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshal Islands., February 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/2 x 9 9/16 in. (19.05 x 24.29 cm)

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.731

Grim death on Engebi: The knife in the hands of the dead U.S. Marine in the foreground finished off the dead Japanese in the background in hand-to-hand combat. Then a Japanese sniper felled the Marine before he could take cover. The scene of this bitter battle was Enegebi Island, in the Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshals, February 1944.

Sheet: 8 x 9 3/4

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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