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“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”
Courtesy of the National Archives.
I wasn't particularly going to do a fortnightly 'This week in Photography History' when I wrote this article, but I had to mention what did happen, this week, in Photography History. Joe Rosenthal captured the iconic image of the American Flag being risen on Iwo Jima. What has been forgotten, mostly, is that the flag was actually raised twice. The second time it was captured on camera, and so it is the belief that this was the iconic moment from that second on. The first flag was actually photographed, but was too small! The flag was lifted and photographed just four days in to the battle at Iwo Jima. Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize that year (1945).
Her CatalystAs she walks through the maelstrom, the words trace upon the tips of her fingers and press into the stone. Every brick, every crack in the concrete, every crossed and angular stroke in reds and blacks and oranges. The drips of the gasoline pool around the base of her boots, slosh as she steps over the burst pipes and the rubble.
So much rubble. So little outcry. The silence of the city grates on her eardrums and the mantras she'd been forced to memorize. The Seers demanded they observe thirteen years of recitation before they attempt to weave their first World together.
But who other than the Seers can claim the incantations that knot the skeins they twist and pull on like reins hold fast? When have any of the Sisters recorded the visions they traced upon space-time and recited them, left them open for critique and discussion and debate?
Which is why she walks through the chalky soot of the smashed city around her. This all
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