The History Behind Iwo Jima

Here’s an interesting article about Joe Rosenthal, the photographer whose photo was the inspiration behind our statue in Arlington.

“Out of the corner of my eye, I had seen the men start the flag up. I swung my camera and shot the scene. That is how the picture was taken, and when you take a picture like that, you don’t come away saying you got a great shot. You don’t know.”

As luck would have it, this shot won him the Pulitzer Prize.

7 Comments so far

  1. Ben Stanfield (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    Pretty disrespectful to link to the man’s obituary as an “interesting article.”

  2. Max (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    Oh please. I meant no disrespect at all! I thought the article was “interesting” because it gives people the history behind the Iwo Jima Memorial.

  3. Be_stress-free (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 10:54 am

    I think that dude just got a bur up his butt. I don’t think it is at disrespectful. Thanks for bringing to the fore for today’s “something to think about”.

  4. Max (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 10:58 am

    Thanks, and no problem!

  5. wayan (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    You’re talking the Iwo Jima monument right? Then you might mention that the flag rasing photo was not without controversy, Joe was accused of staging the photo:

  6. Max (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    True, true. That was also mentioned in the article that I linked to, but thanks for the added detail.

  7. Don (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    I was in New York this weekend (I just about feel clean now that I’ve had two showers) and went to see the Intrepid while I was there. Inside, among the planes and other exhibits, was a statue claiming to be the original Iwo Jima statue depicting that event. Presumably this means the one at the memorial here is a replica….

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