21 August 2006

Truthful Images (3): Joe Rosenthal

Coincidently, I was in Arlington, Virginia this past weekend and saw the memorial statue created after this photograph from the window of a taxi. In any case, Joe Rosenthal, the photographer who took the picture has died. You can read the obituary from The New York Times here. The controversy has always been about whether or not the photograph had been staged. In this, of course, the iconic image is hardly unique. [Photo © Joe Rosenthal/Associated Press]

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This image was used as the launching theme for a piece I heard today about the "rebranding of peace." It is related to an earlier post you had about the genre of war photography. A photographer Ted Gifford is working with a new charity Peace Direct to come up with new images that depict peace. The charity promotes grass roots initiatives to promote peace and tries to get people involved and take action themselves.

It is an interesting project, and question - we have clear images of war - a genre even - but what are our images of peace? Apparently circles and hands are common symbols of peace the world over - the group hopes to come up with some creative images and photographs.

Here are a couple of links to the story
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/
http://www.peacedirect.org/

22 August, 2006 07:45  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I think you are correct about our genres. It is interesting to note that james Nachtwey regularly refers to himself as an anti-war photographer. But that has little impact on the way his work is received.

22 August, 2006 10:39  

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