Battle of Iwo Jima – World War II
The Iwo Jima photograph is arguably the most recognizable photograph in the history of the world. If you search for flags in famous photographs, it is likely that the Iwo Jima photograph will flood the search results. This photograph shows numerous United States Marines raising the American flag after the Battle of Iwo Jima in Japan during World War II. It was the only photo to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication. February 23, 2015 was the 70th anniversary of the famous Iwo Jima photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal.
Raising of the flag at the Reichstag – World War II
Arguably the second most famous photograph during World War II is the raising of the flag at the Reichstag. This photograph was taken during the final months of the war as the Soviet Union began occupying East Germany. This moment signified the beginning of the fall of Nazi Germany.
Apollo 15 flag on the Moon
The photo of the Apollo 15 space shuttle on the Moon is another historic moment in the history of the world. This was the first time that a man stepped foot on the Moon. The photograph of the astronaut next to the American flag and the shuttle is a signature photograph and a moment that lead to a U.S. victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War.
Raising the flag at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 – New York City
Flags in famous photographs are not limited to pictures taken during war, however. The photo taken of New York City firefighters after the 9/11 attacks is one of the most famous photographs of the 21st century. The photograph signified the strength and pride of modern day America.