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Top: General MacArthur confers with President Roosevelt aboard a cruiser in Pearl Harbor. Bottom: MacArthur initials Japanese surrender aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor, 1945 (printed 1951)
Wire photograph on paper
9 3/16 x 6 5/8 in. (23.34 x 16.83 cm)

Creation Place: North America and Asia
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.657

Diptych. Historic Moments in MacArthur’s Life: General Douglas MacArthur, fired today by President Truman as Supreme Commander of United States and United Nations Forces in Japan and Korea, is shown in two important moments in his history-making life. At top, he confers with the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard a cruiser in Pearl Harbor during World War II. At bottom, he initials the Japanese surrender papers abroad the Big Mo [USS Missouri] in Tokyo Harbor, 1945.

Sheet: 9 11/16 x 7 3/16

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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