In an image that has stood the test of time, Joe Rosenthal captured U.S. Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima during World War II. Can you find the World Trade Center image that uses a similar composition and evokes similar feelings of patriotism?
“What I see behind the photo is what it took to get up to those heights — the kind of devotion to their country that those young men had, and the sacrifices they made … I take some gratification in being a little part of what the U.S. stands for.”
— Joe Rosenthal
Learn more about the life of Dorothea Lange, whose work as a photojournalist helped put a human face on the plight of ordinary people during the Great Depression, by watching “American Masters — Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning.”
I want my work to become part of our visual history, to enter our collective memory and our collective conscience. I hope it will serve to remind us that history’s deepest tragedies concern not the great protagonists who set events in motion but the countless ordinary people who are caught up in those events and torn apart by their remorseless fury. I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.
– James Nachtwey –
Read more about Nachtwey and watch a video of his TED talk from 2007 here: