“The Kent State student depicted, Dean Kahler, was not killed. He suffered spinal injuries and is paralyzed. The text that I originally wrote for the subject avoids any mention of the horrible circumstances of that day in May. It coolly describes the passage of information. From the actual fact of a young man struck down by the bullets of amateur guardsmen to the eventual representation in a print, all the transformations of energy, listed remorselessly like a modern version of the tale of Paul Revere. It seems far more menacing than a sentimental registering of personal disgust.

A cine-camera films an event on a University campus in Ohio, USA. The scene filmed, almost by chance, in conditions not conducive to rational operation, happens at a pace hardly permitting accurate exposure or focus. The information recorded in the emulsion is urgent; it is processed and put into the hands of an American TV network or News Agency which transforms the image in the film frames into electric signals, later beamed at an antenna on a satellite orbiting the earth. The satellite passes on the signals to a tracking station in the south of England and electrons are “piped” to a recorder which duly notes the facts on a magnetic tape.”


— Richard Hamilton, Collected Words: 1953–1982.

(London: Thames and Hudson, 1982), pp. 94, 96