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Norman Driscoll and Douglas Chevalier

The Washington Monument and Capitol dome form a backdrop for the Marine Corps War Memorial, to be dedicated in ceremonies tomorrow, November 1954
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 13/16 x 8 1/4 in. (17.3 x 20.96 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.22.9

Awaits dedication: The Washington Monument and Capitol dome, lighted against the night sky, form a backdrop for the silhouetted Marine Corps War Memorial across the Potomac River. It will be dedicated in ceremonies tomorrow. This photograph of the 100-ton bronze likeness of the famed Iwo Jima flag raising was made by the Washington Post and Times-Herald photographers Norman Driscoll and Douglas Chevalier. They uses a telephoto lens and the aid of 50 flashes.

Sheet: 8 3/16 x 10

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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