The story behind the picture hoist flag at Iwo Jima

The story behind the picture hoist flag at Iwo Jima


Joe Rosenthal tells the story behind his most popular photo, one that represents the hoist flag at Iwo Jima and has become a US symbol.

In a recent video posted by Associated Press , reveals how the late photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the iconic image of uprising flag at Iwo Jima.


The author relates how, on February 23, 1945, was with the American soldiers who had just conquered Mount Suribachi . Then the Americans decided to place a flag on the top of the mountain, which would look like from across the island and serve to weaken the morale of the Japanese, as well as increasing the soldiers of the Navy.

So when Joe Rosenthal was gripped his camera Speed ​​Graphic and watched the scene through the viewfinder later an icon of the country would become. Days later, instant illustrated the cover of newspapers as the “New York Times” or “The Washington Post”, which served to inform US citizens about proper progress of his troops.

Joe had at the time 33 years , and entry into the army was paradoxically rejected for having vision problems , which ended up taking him to work as a war photographer for the news agency Associated Press.

But his eye problems were not an impediment to the reporter ended winning The Pulitzer Award in 1954, consequences of photography titled as “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima “(Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima).

 New York Times

New York Times

Sometimes the author was asked whether the image was actually a perched in soldiers, but Joe Rosenthal denied this, stating that the snapshot is a moment captured during his uprising.

The author only gained about $ 4200 , a figure that is very small, especially if we consider the subsequent impact of the image, which are finished making postcards, prints or even monuments. An image that will go down in history as one of the most reproduced moments World War II.







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The story behind the picture hoist flag at Iwo Jima
Source: english  
February 25, 2015


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