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As the second wave of infantry charges ashore on Wake Island, one invader slips to his knees in the surf, hit by Japanese machine gun fire, June 1944
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Oceania, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.138

As the second wave of infantrymen charges ashore in the assault on Wake Island, one of the invaders slips to his knees in the surf, hit by Japanese machine gun fire. This unusual series, showing on-the-spot first aid for a fighting man, was made by First Lt. Sidney Simon. He was in the Wake Island invasion as an observer for the U.S. Army Engineers. Under enemy fire every moment, Lt. Simon’s camera recorded the heroic mercy treatment rendered a fallen comrade in the midst of landing operations, June 1944.

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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