Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, this photograph was taken on February 23, 1945. It depicts six United States Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
Education, Training, & influences
Joe attended McKinley Technical High School in Washington, D.C.
After his graduation in 1929 Rosenthal began working as an office boy with the Newspaper Enterprise Association, where he gained experience in photojournalism.
When America entered World War II Rosenthal joined the U.S. Maritime Service and spent a year as a warrant officer, taking photographs and documenting life aboard ship in Europe and Africa.
Rosenthal took the famous Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima photograph that made his name.
Rosenthal's photograph is certainly one of the best-known images of World War II: he captured the heroism of the Marine Corps at a crucial moment, just as Americans began to question their role in the war.
Rosenthal was present during the initial assault on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945.
Rosenthal continued his career as a photojournalist and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle until his retirement in 1981.
He died in Novato, California, in 2006. That year he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Why famous & Awards won
earned himself a Pulitzer Prize
he witnessed a group of six marines raising a much larger flag on a heavy pole. He quickly snapped the image: the frame took 1/400th of a second, the speed of the shutter on his Speed Graphic camera.
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima photograph that made his name
He received a $4,200 bonus in war bonds from the AP, a $1,000 prize from a camera magazine, and about $700 for a few radio interviews. His name does not appear on the Marine Corps statue.