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A British soldier, landed on Pantelleria, surveys the wreckage and bomb-shattered buildings on the Italian outpost. Allied airmen pounded the Axis defenders., June 1943
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 11/16 x 8 3/8 in. (16.99 x 21.27 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: P2019.21.463

A British soldier, landed on Pantelleria June 11th, surveys the twisted wreckage and bomb-shattered building on the Italian outpost. The Axis defenders of the Mediterranean bastion were literally pounded into submission by Allied airmen; the follow-up body of infantry had little to do but round up prisoners of war, Italy, June 1943.

Sheet: 7 x 8 7/8

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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