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Attorney Fred Gray could become Alabama's first black legislator since the end of Reconstruction, June 1970
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (24.77 x 18.73 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: P2021.13.275

Commentary
First Black Legislator? Attorney Fred Gray, who could become Alabama's first black legislator since the end of Reconstruction, says his nomination in Tuesday's Democratic runoff election could be a turning point...Tuskegee, Alabama

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date 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 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (24.77 x 18.73 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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