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Charles Harrity (aka Chick Harrity)

A small boy from Memphis sits in front of his plywood shack set up by the Lincoln Memorial during the Poor People's Campaign, May 14, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 15/16 x 9 9/16 in. (17.62 x 24.29 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: P2021.13.1102

At Home in Washington: A small unidentified boy from Memphis sits in front of his unpainted plywood shack in the squatter's settlement near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The boy and his family were one of the first to move into the Poor People's Campaign shelters, set up with federal permission on a strip along side the Reflecting Pool.

Associated Press ID #6805140255

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title.

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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  • Image Dimensions: 6 15/16 x 9 9/16 in. (17.62 x 24.29 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 10 15/16 in. (20.32 x 27.78 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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