Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945)

Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (better known as "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima") is a ...
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Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945) 5

Arguably the most parodied photo in history.
http://www.usni.org/iwo-jima-parody-photos.html

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CanadaSucks
04/07/2010

Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945) 4


Albeit more staged than spur-of-the-moment, this pic is still one of the most memorable of the 20th century. . .It does invoke emotion and thought. .. even if this wasn't your generation.

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FranksWildYear s
03/24/2010

Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945) 5

I've often wondered just how the Hell heavy that flag must have been for it to require four big strapping guys to hoist it. At the elementary school near my house a couple of eleven year olds go out and raise the flag every morning all by themselves before they head out for their shift as crossing guards.

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irishgit
03/07/2010

Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945) 4

It was staged in the sense that it was the second flag raising on Mount Suribachi, but it was done to put a bigger flag up, not particularly to create a photo-op. The quasi-staging doesn't make it any less of an iconic image. It is noteworthy that the equally iconic photo of the Soviet flag being raised over the Reichstag (also on this list) was also staged, and to an even greater degree.

What matters here, according to the list, is whether or not the photo made history, and this one certainly did that.

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Gris
03/07/2010

Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945) 5

I would like to see more opinions on this from people outside the United States. I doubt it would have the same impact. This is a very optimistic photograph from a very unoptimistic time. I love that it's in Black and White, yes I know that this is due to the technology of the time, but if it was in Color I don't think it would have the same effect. I imagine that Patriotic people and those that are into Flags lose their Shit over this. It just screams Fist to the Chest patriotism.
It even gets to me a little bit. Although, I am probably the least patriotic guy on the planet (or at least the South) I still feel a little bit Moved by this. The U.S. defeated an enemy of War and is raising a Flag in victory. Good for them. Let's buy them a beer to celebrate.
Visually, this photograph works well. The soldiers form a Triangle base which pulls your eyes to them and then upward to follow the Flag. The Flag itself provides a stopping point to keep your eyes on the Picture, points to the clouds which lead down to the last soldier and then back again. The form of the figures and their activity keep you focused on the page. You could stare at ir for hours. It was a very well done piece of Art that spoke to an entire Generation of people who needed hope in a Bleak time: 'The War will not last forever and we will Prevail'. I imagine the people of that generation rallied to the photo and appreciate it more and on different levels than I ever could.

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numbah16tdhaha
03/07/2010

Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945) 5

Jarheads like myself take a particular shine to this image. While serving with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2002, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Iwo Jima and stand on the very spot where this happened. I could almost feel the essence of every last motherfucker that has ever put on a Marine Corps uniform in the air around me in that moment. It was awe inspiring and something I recommend to anyone, Jarhead or not.

UPDATE: A big Marine Corps fuck you from me to whoever dropped the D on behalf of the thousands of Marines on active duty and the millions that have served since 1775. Semper Fi!

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Jake_Armitage
03/05/2010

Old Glory Goes Up On Mount Suribachi (Joe Rosenthal, Japan, 1945) 3

It is a controversial photo because many stories persisted that the photographer Rosenthal staged the photo. The supposed true story in his own words is that the photo is actually of the second raising of a flag at Iwo Jima. The first flag was too small the soldiers thought and so they raised a second one. So in a sense the photo is not as authentic as the viewer would like to believe. In a moment long after everything was done and the chaos was settling, Rosenthal knew the soldiers would raise another flag and was ready for the photo,... so it was halfway staged kind of but not completely.

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