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Residents of Hiroshima observe the third anniversary of the bombing. A newly-planted “peace tree” is in the background., August 1948
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 9/16 x 8 1/4 in. (16.67 x 20.96 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: P2019.21.525

In Hiroshima: Residents of the atom-bombed Japanese city met last Saturday to observe the third anniversary of the bombing. They pledged their help in attaining world-wide peace and prayed that the atom would be harnessed for the benefit of mankind. A student choir sang a peace song written for the occasion. A newly planted “peace tree” is in the background. Hiroshima, August 1948.

Sheet: 8 x 8 1/2

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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