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United States Navy Photographer



Smoldering ruins of a Japanese aircraft plant on Formosa [Taiwan] after bombing by Avengers and Hellcats from carriers of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, October 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (23.81 x 19.05 cm)

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.688

Commentary
Japanese aircraft modification plant completely destroyed: These smoldering ruins are what was once a Japanese aircraft modification plant on Formosa [Taiwan]. It was visited by Grumman Avengers and Curtise Hellcats from carriers of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. This is a graphic portrayal of the Navy’s precision bombing technique, October 1944.

Dimensions
Sheet: 9 7/8 x 8

Materials
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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  • Image Dimensions: 9 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (23.81 x 19.05 cm)

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