In honor of this week being the 66th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima, today’s Photo Friday focuses on Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photograph of five U.S. Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising the American Flag atop Mount Suribachi.
On Feb. 23, 1945, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. He recalled, “I could only hope that it turned out the way that I looked at it through the finder.” During World War II, Rosenthal also covered the invasions of New Guinea and Guam. Rosenthal’s photo won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Photography, the only photograph to win the prize in the same year it was taken. Joe Rosenthal died on August 20, 2006 at the age of 94.
photo by: Joe Rosenthal