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Wounded Italian prisoner of war helped ashore from a British destroyer at Valletta, Malta after being rescued from sea. Other Italian prisoners fill gangplank., February 1943
Vintage wire photograph on paper
10 9/16 x 7 7/16 in. (26.83 x 18.89 cm)

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: P2019.21.469

Wounded Italian prisoner helped ashore: This wounded Italian prisoner of war is helped ashore from a British destroyer at Valletta after being rescued from sea, following attack on a merchantman running out of Italy to North Africa. His wounded head is wrapped in a bandage, and all his own clothing is missing, save for socks and one garter. Other Italian prisoners fill gangplank, Malta, February 1943.

Sheet: 10 15/16 x 8

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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