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Military leaders meet at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris: Lt. General Omar N. Bradley; General Dwight D. Eisenhower; General Joseph Koenig; and Sir Arthur Tedder, August 31, 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 13/16 x 10 11/16 in. (19.84 x 27.15 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: P2019.21.640

Rendezvous in Paris: Top military leaders meet at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris August 27. Front, from left, are: Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley, United States Commander in Northern France; General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Invasion Supreme Commander; General Joseph Koenig, Paris Military Commander General; and British Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Deputy Supreme Commander.

Sheet: 8 1/8 x 10 11/16

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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