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Front part of the cemetery, labeled “Officers’ Lot”, at Camp O’Donnell, on Luzon, after area was occupied by American troops, February 7, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.130

A view of the front part of the cemetery, labeled “Officers’ Lot”, at Camp O’Donnell, on Luzon, the Philippines, after the area was occupied by American troops. The camp had been used by the Japanese as an internment camp for American and Filipino prisoners of war. Individual graves are marked, mostly with white-painted, unmarked crosses. February 7, 1945.

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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