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This group of German soldiers was captured by the Russians in their drive toward Kursk, February 1943
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
6 5/16 x 10 1/8 in. (16.03 x 25.72 cm)

Creation Place: Asia
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.892

This group of German soldiers was captured by the Russians in their drive toward Kursk. The cutting of the rail line between Kursk and Belgorod and another penetration north of Kursk threatened that city with encirclement Monday, February 1943.

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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