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Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) demonstrators protesting the delay of a housing discrimination bill are dragged from the doorway of the California Senate chamber in Sacramento, June 1963
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 1/2 x 7 1/16 in. (24.13 x 17.94 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.340

Commentary
Passive Resistance: Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) demonstrators protesting the delay of a housing discrimination bill are dragged from the doorway of the California Senate chamber in Sacramento yesterday. They had lain down and refused to move. State police dragged about half a dozen aside, piling some on others, so the doors could be closed. Demonstrators waited until the Senate recessed for the day to block the doorway, but the senators left by other doors.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title and Associated Press stamp.

Materials
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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 7 1/16 in. (24.13 x 17.94 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/16 in. (25.4 x 20.48 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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