Tuesday, August 22, 2006

R.I.P Joe Rosenthal

A photography legend has died. Joe Rosenthal passed away at the age of 94. Rosenthal is famous for his iconic image of US Troops raising the flag over Iwo Jima (pictured above). Rosenthal, as opposed to some photojournalists today, told a compelling story with his images. I have always desired to have his drive, and his eye for composition. According to an obit, he climbed a mountain for this shot.
Rosenthal, who covered the war for the Associated Press, almost abandoned his climb to the summit when he heard that the flag had already been raised. But when he arrived there he found Marines hoisting the second one. He did not see the picture that he had filed until days later, after it had appeared around the world.

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