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Red Army soldiers storm Nazi troops in a German-held village. Soldiers racing forward move into new positions while those on the ground cover advance, Western Front, June 1942
Vintage wire photograph 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: P2019.21.951

Commentary
Russians rout Germans from village: Taken somewhere on the Western Front, this photograph shows soldiers of the Red Army storming Nazi troops in a German-held village. According to the caption, soldiers racing forward are moving into new positions, while those on the ground cover their advance. The picture was sent from Moscow to New York by radio, and from there to The Star by wire photo, June 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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