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Britain's King George VI, center, with Commander-in-Chief Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, during a concert in the flagship’s wardroom, somewhere in England, May 15, 1944
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment and airbrushing on paper

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.63

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #440515186.

During his visit to the Home Fleet, Britain's King George VI met crews of Britain’s midget submarines and Human Torpedoes and attended a concert in the flagship's wardroom. The King is all smiles at center. He is with Commander-in-Chief Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, right, during a concert in the flagship’s wardroom, somewhere in England, May 15, 1944.

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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