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photographer , photojournalist

Joseph John Rosenthal was an American photographer who received the Pulitzer Prize for his iconic World War II photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima. His picture became one of the best-known photographs of the war.


Joseph J. Rosenthal was born in 1911 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.


Rosenthal attended the University of San Francisco for one year.


The photojournalist retired from the San Francisco Chronicle, for which he had worked since 1946. Previously to that he was employed by the Associated Press (1941-46), New York Times Wide World Photos (1936-41), Acme Newspictures (1935-36), San Francisco News (1932-35) and Newspaper Enterprise Association (N.E.A.) Service Inc. (1930-32). Rosenthal also taught photojournalism at City College of San Francisco (1949-51).

While working as a war correspondent in the Pacific (1944-45), Rosenthal took the now fa¬mous picture of the Marines raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima, for which he subsequently won the Pulitzer Prize.


  • PUBLICATION Anthology: Moments, Sheryle & John Leekley, foreword by Dan Rather, 1978.


He was director of the San Francisco Press Club in 1955 and 1956 and president in 1961 and 1979, winning the club's Photography Award in 1958. He also belongs to the San Francisco-Oakland Press Photographers Association, the American Newspaper Guild and 'Association- of Catholic Newsmen.