February 23rd, 1945
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
This is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable images of war. The world famous photograph, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23rd, 1945.
After the image was picked up by the Associated Press only 17 hours after it was taken (lightning speed for those days!) reports began to surface accusing Rosenthal of staging the image. News reports stated that Rosenthal climbed Suribachi after the flag had already been planted, and reposed the soldiers in order to get the shot.
Rosenthal has spent the last 65 years defending his photograph. But staged or not, according to the editors of US Camera Magazine, “In that moment, Rosenthal’s camera recorded the soul of the nation.”