Wednesday, August 23, 2006

RIP Joe Rosenthal

I missed this having been away, but Joe Rosenthal, the photographer who took the iconic photo of US Marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during a bloody battle with the Japanese, died at the age of 94.

It's one of the most famous news photos ever taken. Three of the men featured later died in action and another had a tragic life (Ira Hayes) who Johnny Cash penned a song about. 
There has been talk over the years that the photo was staged, but there is no evidence for this. The Marines in the photo were replacing a smaller flag that had been planted earlier.

The photo is also the basis for a memorial to US Marines, across the river from Washington.


At 6:11 PM, Anonymous the online pixie said...

If you're talking about the Pulitzer Prize winning 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' in 1945, that was staged. Everyone knows that and no one has said otherwise, its a great iconic picture.

Not my words but yours. Shurely shome mistake Gordie?


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