A Guide to the Joe Rosenthal Iwo Jima Photograph, 1945
Joe Rosenthal (1911-2006) was an employee of the Associated Press in 1945 when he took this photograph of U. S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima. He won the Pulitzer prize for it that same year. Rosenthal later worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, retiring in 1981. He made the photograph in this collection from his original negative in 1997 and gave it to fellow photojournalist David Hume Kennerly who donated it to the Briscoe Center.
“Old Glory Goes Up On Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima” has been called the greatest photograph of all time. It portrays U. S. Marines raising the Stars and Stripes on a remote Pacific island that was the site of the costliest battle in Marine Corps history. In addition to being one of the most widely published news photographs of World War II, it was used as the symbol for the Seventh War Loan Drive, appeared on a three-cent commemorative postage stamp, and served as the model for the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
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Joe Rosenthal Iwo Jima Photograph, 1945, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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