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Peter J. Carroll

(1911 - August 26, 1966, Boston, MA)

Wounded line the sands of a beach on the Normandy invasion coast waiting to be evacuated, 1945 (printed June 1949)
Wire photograph on paper
7 1/16 x 8 3/8 in. (17.94 x 21.27 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.22.3

Illustrated: Associated Press ID # 4406010407.

Related Objects
The upper photo in P2019.22.1 and P2019.22.3 are images of the same scene.

Sheet: 8 3/16 x 10

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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