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Flag Raising, Iwo Jima

Accession Number
1979/2.23

Title
Flag Raising, Iwo Jima

Artist(s)
Joe Rosenthal

Object Creation Date
February 23, 1945

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
9 7/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. ( 25.1 cm x 20 cm )

Credit Line
Transfer from the William L. Clements Library

Label copy
The famous photograph by Rosenthal of the raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima has sometimes been considered a staged or faked event. There were two flag-raisings that day. The first flag (photographed by a combat cameraman) was not easily seen from the beaches, where troops were still taking heavy fire. A second, larger flag was raised the same day so that it could be seen. It is this second flag-raising that Rosenthal recorded as an AP photographer on the scene.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
War
flags
modern and contemporary art
soldiers

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