Iwo Jima from the series History

image for Iwo Jima from the series History
Exhibition Label
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.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald Standford Rosenfeld, Jr.
Restrictions & Rights
© 2013, David Levinthal
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Department
Graphic Arts
2013
Object number
2017.41.12
Artist
David Levinthal, born San Francisco, CA 1949
Topic
Figure group\male
History\United States\World War II
Occupation\military\soldier
Dress\uniform\military uniform
Object\other\flag
Landscape\Japan\Iwo Jima
Medium
inkjet print
Dimensions
17 × 22 in. (43.2 × 55.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Photography