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Eliot Elisofon

(New York, NY, April 17, 1911 - April 7, 1973, New York, NY)

American medic helping wounded half track gunner swallow a sulfa tablet before treating his wounds during the battle of Sened area, Tunisia, March 1, 1943
Vintage sound photograph on paper
6 13/16 x 9 in. (17.3 x 22.86 cm)

Creation Place: Africa, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.22.27

Illustrated: Getty editorial #92933809.

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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