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David Pace and Stephen Wirtz : Images in Transition – Wirephotos 1938-1945


Gallerist Stephen Wirtz has been collecting wirephotos transmitted during World War II for many years. He and photographer David Pace transform scanned wirephotos, radically re-cropping and dramatically enlarging portions of the images. Their manipulations reveal not only the artifacts of the technology – the dots, lines, and irregularities produced by the transmission process – but also the retouchings from the war years. By exposing the actions of the human hands that retouched the images in preparation for newspaper publication, Wirtz and Pace 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.Sending a photographic […]

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