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Images in transition : wirephotos 1938-1945

Author: David Pace; Stephen Wirtz; Mark Murrmann
Publisher: Amsterdam : Schilt Publishing & Gallery, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sending a photographic image quickly from one location to another was first accomplished early in the 20th century using the "Belinograph," an apparatus developed by French photographer and inventor Edouard Belin to send photographic images over telephone and telegraph wires. These "Belinograms" were soon referred to as "wirephotos". Wirephoto technology flourished in the 1930s and 1940s, especially during World War  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Pace; Stephen Wirtz; Mark Murrmann
ISBN: 9053309160 9789053309162
OCLC Number: 1048950731
Notes: Loose sheet contains abstract and brief biographies of the contributors.
Manipulated photographs originally sent to the U.S. media market during World War II.
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 30 cm + 1 sheet (27 cm)
Other Titles: Wirephotos 1938-1945
Responsibility: David Pace, Stephen Wirtz ; introduction by Mark Murrmann.

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Sending a photographic image quickly from one location to another was first accomplished early in the 20th century using the "Belinograph," an apparatus developed by French photographer and inventor Edouard Belin to send photographic images over telephone and telegraph wires. These "Belinograms" were soon referred to as "wirephotos". Wirephoto technology flourished in the 1930s and 1940s, especially during World War II, when newspaper readers were eager for images from the front. David Pace and Stephen Wirtz manipulate and transform wirephotos transmitted during World War II. Beginning with an extensive collection of originals assembled by Wirtz over a period of many years, they scan the images, radically re-cropping and dramatically enlarging portions of the archival wirephotos. Their croppings and enlargements expose the artifacts of the wirephoto technology, the dots, lines, irregularities, and retouchings from the war years. The transformations introduced by Pace and Wirtz not only extend, but also reverse, the intentions of the wartime retouchers: instead of obscuring the dots and lines to create a clearer image, Pace and Wirtz reveal and enhance the dots and lines, exposing the technological processes that produced the images. By exposing the artifacts of wirephoto technology and the actions of the human hands that retouched the images, their work highlights, transforms, and subverts the intention, the content, and the process of these wartime photographs. They raise questions about the technologies of image making and image transmission, the notion of truth in journalism, and the role of propaganda in news photography.

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