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United States Air Force Photographer

Enlisted men’s barracks at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
Wire photograph on paper
6 11/16 x 9 1/8 in. (16.99 x 23.18 cm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.790

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #828839427938.

Enlisted men’s barracks at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii after the December 7th, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Tattered flag whips from pole at the shattered Army air field.

Sheet: 8 1/16 x 9 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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