Joe Rosenthal and
the Photo that Changed America

Exhibition at the California State Library, Sacramento 9/23/2021 - 2/28/2022

Joe Rosenthal was the San Francisco photographer whose most famous image is his iconic "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima," taken in the midst of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
My father, Richard Cushing, was a WWII Associated Press correspondent in the South Pacific who opened the postwar AP bureau in China. My dad knew Joe, and I'm proud to have some of my dad's memorabilia included in this tribute exhibition. Also on display will be works by photographers who covered the Vietnam War.

Joe had been a Merchant Mariner, and an effort to name a US Navy ship for Joe is among the latest posthumous honors. Exhibit visitors will be able to sign a petition for the USS Joe Rosenthal.

Professional journalism. We need it now more than ever.

For exhibition details visit the State Library event site.
Sacramento Bee news clip on exhibition.

Joe Rosenthal - Iwo Jima
Cushing scrapbook
AP insignia
Japan surender car
Richard Cushing WWII
Images from my archives, not all in exhibition:

"Raising the flag on Iwo Jima," by Joe Rosenthal, 2/23/1945
Pages from Richard Cushing’s WWII scrapbook
War correspondent badges and insignia
Certificate of participation at Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri, 9/2/1945
Richard Cushing, somewhere in the South Pacific, circa 1945

Posted by Lincoln Cushing 9/7/2021, updated 10/4/2021
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