"Out of the corner of my eye, I had seen the men start the flag up. I swung my camera and shot the scene. That is how the picture was taken, and when you
take a picture like that, you don't come away saying you got a great shot. You don't know."
"Millions of Americans saw this picture five or six days before I did, and when I first heard about it, I had no idea what picture was meant." - Joe Rosenthal *
It is interesting to note how Rosenthal who has been acclaimed as 'the best photographer', and winner of the Pulitzer Prize began his career.
He took up photography as a hobby. As the Depression got under way, Rosenthal moved to San Francisco, living with a brother until he found a job with the Newspaper Enterprise Association in 1930.
"They just told me to take this big box and point the end with the glass toward the subject and press the shutter and `We'll tell you what you did wrong,'" he said. -Joe Rosenthal*
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* Article by JUSTIN M. NORTON, Associated Press Writer