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Stretcher cases are brought aboard the U.S. Navy Hospital ship Benevolence after being rescued by the U.S. Navy from Tokyo-area prison camps, September 6, 1945
Sound photograph on paper
6 1/16 x 7 9/16 in. (15.4 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: P2019.21.492

Homeward Bound from Japanese Prisoner of War Camp: Pale and emaciated and in some cases diseased, these stretcher cases are brought aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship Benevolence on August 29th. They were rescued by U.S. Navy mercy parties from Tokyo-area prison camps. These men are starting the first stretch of the journey home to health and happiness, September 6, 1945.

Sheet: 6 1/2 x 8 3/8

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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