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Joe Rosenthal
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Photographer
    (October 9, 1911-August 20, 2006)
    Born in Washington, District of Columbia
    Photographer for the 'San Francisco News' (1932-41), Associated Press (1941-45) and 'San Francisco Chronicle' (1945-81)
    Best known for the photo 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' (1945)
    Won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography (1945)
    Ironically, he was declared 4F by the Army for having bad eyesight.
    Because he was only 5'5, he had to pile sandbags and stones into a stand to take the picture of the flag raising.
    He actually photographed a second flag raising, which led to accusations that the event was staged for his camera.
    He added to the controversy by saying 'Sure' when asked if he had posed the photo. (He later said he had assumed he was being asked about another photo he took of Marines in a group shot in front of the flag.)
    The second flag was raised because the original flag was too small to be seen from ships offshore.
    A film of the event taken by a Marine cameraman shows that Rosenthal did not stage it.
    He later said, 'If I had set it up, I probably would have ruined the shot. I was lucky.'
    His photo was the model for the US Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington.
    He said his proudest possession was the certificate he received in 1996 naming him an honorary Marine.

Credit: C. Fishel


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