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Indigenous people of New Guinea provide inestimable aid to Allies fighting the Japanese in Papua. Here they carry an injured fighter to a dressing station., c. 1937-1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 9/16 x 7 9/16 in. (16.67 x 19.21 cm)

Creation Place: Asia
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.713

Indigenous people of New Guinea have proven to be of inestimable aid to the Allies in the fight to clear the Japanese from Papua. Here they are carrying an injured fighter from the front to a dressing station in the rear. Notice the Allied machine gun nest. Indigenous people have also served as guides in the jungles and have aided in transporting supplies, c. 1937-1945.

Sheet: 8 1/16 x 7 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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