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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2019 12:23 p.m. PST

"When photographer Joe Rosenthal pointed his camera at a group of men atop of Mount Suribachi and quickly snapped a shot, he did not think he captured anything special. It was not until the film was developed at a lab in Guam that a photo editor noted that the image was "one for all time." Within a day of the photo being taken, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima was distributed over the wire to hundreds of newspapers and became an immediate sensation. The image won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography and has become one of the most reproduced and parodied images in history but not without its share of controversy. With a composition resembling a Renaissance painting, the photo was deemed as too perfect by some observers who believed it must have been posed. Even today there is a persistent misconception the event was staged and that the men were meticulously positioned by Rosenthal…."
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William Warner26 Feb 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

Fascinating. Except for the two on Iwo, I've never seen any of those before.

Bismarck26 Feb 2019 3:03 p.m. PST

Thanks, Armand!

Like William, other than Iwo, all the others I had not seen. Great collection and great tribute.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2019 7:17 a.m. PST

The picture of the Japanese surrender on Wake Island is a reversed image. Everyone, Americans and Japanese alike, are saluting with their left hands, not their right!


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2019 11:21 a.m. PST

A votre service mes amis!. (smile)


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