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Russian soldiers take cover behind debris thrown up by bombs as they attack the Nazis on the outskirts of Stalingrad, November 1942
Vintage wire photo with applied pigment and airbrushing on paper

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: P2019.21.918

Commentary
Russian soldiers take cover behind mounds of debris thrown up by bombs as they attack the Nazis on the outskirts of Stalingrad. The Germans have been stalled at Stalingrad for more than two months, November 1942.

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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