As the wife of a Marine, I know to call this iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal the 2nd flag raising on Iwo Jima. The date was February 23, 1945 and the image inspired a nation, winning Mr. Rosenthal a Pulitzer Prize in Photography. It said to be the most reproduced event in World War II.
As many of you may know, this image reproduced into a bronze statue in the 1950’s and is on display in Washington D.C. The United States Marine Corps War Memorial is a must on any visitor’s site seeing list. When in D.C. on business, my husband often makes a point to visit the memorial and act as a docent for any tourists interested in the battles listed around the plinth. The statue was commissioned in the early ’50’s — entirely paid for by donations from Marines and friends of Marines. It was initially made of plaster, then dismantled and taken to Brooklyn, NY for casting in bronze. This process took nearly three years. Once the parts were finished, they were reassembled into a dozen pieces and trucked back to Washington, DC on a three-truck convoy. An interesting family connection; my father’s father, who was still living in NYC at the time, saw this convoy pass.
I thought the up coming 70th anniversary was a good reason to try my own interpretation of this iconic image. I’ve included a lot of detailed images because I love how all the differing shades of grey worked together to convey real depth in this image.