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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot today in Memphis and was reported to be in a hospital there. There was no word on his condition., c. 1968 (printed April 3, 1968)
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 13/16 x 5 5/16 in. (17.3 x 13.49 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: P2021.13.12

Dr. King Shot: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot today in Memphis, Tennessee in a downtown hotel. He was reported to be in a Memphis hospital. There was no word on his condition. This is a file photo.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.

On verso: typewritten title and date, date stamps and newspaper captions with date stamps affixed.

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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  • Overall Dimensions: 6 13/16 x 5 5/16 in. (17.3 x 13.49 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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