Alannah Foster. W2 😍 joe Rosenthal

Famous photos :)

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.

Early Career

  • 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.

Later Career

  • 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.



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