- Iwo Jima from the series History
- Not on view
- 17 × 22 in. (43.2 × 55.9 cm)
- © 2013, David Levinthal
- Credit Line
- Gift of Donald Standford Rosenfeld, Jr.
- Mediums Description
- inkjet print
- Occupation — military — soldier
- Dress — uniform — military uniform
- Figure group — male
- Object — other — flag
- Object Number
Levinthal's photograph restages an iconic moment captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal toward the end of World War II. The original Pulitzer Prize--winning image shows six American Marines from behind raising a flag on Mount Suribachi after taking control of the
Japanese territory during the battle of Iwo Jima. In Levinthal's version, six toy soldiers face the viewer and raise a tattered American flag. By reversing the vantage point, Levinthal reminds us that history is constantly changing as new perspectives inform what we think we know about the past.