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On the morning of February 19th, 1945, US Marines stormed the Pacific beaches of Iwo Jima. Among them was Associated Press photojournalist Joe Rosenthal. “Not getting hit," said Rosenthal, “was like running through the rain and not getting wet.” Four, deadly, hard-fought days later, Marines, followed by Rosenthal, were atop Iwo Jima Island’s Mount Suribachi – the high ground.
At the summit, eyeing the movements of the Marines, Rosenthal hurriedly assembled a platform of stones and sandbags. He stepped up, set his Speed Graphic shutter to 1/400th of a second and the aperture between f8 and f11. It was about noon with the sun directly overhead and a strong wind blowing.
The world’s most iconic photo was a shutter click away.
To mark the 175th anniversary of the Associated Press, renowned digital artist Marko Stanojevic has breathed digital life into Rosenthal’s masterpiece, “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”.
This extraordinary, new artwork work on auction is entitled “RAISING THE FLAG ON IWO JIMA: AP ARTiFACT 1”.
For NFT patrons, there is rarity and then there is the incomparable and prized Iwo Jima masterpiece. Stanojevic has created a one-of-a-kind work of art authenticated by the AP on the Ethereum blockchain and unmatched in history and importance to this new community of digital art collectors.
Violinist and composer Nick Kennerly wrote and performed the NFT’s original score entitled, “Flag Rising."
“The music is both epic and sentimental all at once,” says Kennerly, “I want it to allow the collector to feel not only the triumph of the moment, but also a feeling of grief and remembrance. Lastly, I want the driving rhythmic pulse to give the collector a feeling of adrenaline which I felt while watching the artwork. I want that musical pulse to feel like the driving heartbeat of a soldier in the midst of battle.”
In addition to the only AP blockchain-registered Iwo Jima image, the work includes:
• an NFT mint date of Saturday, May 22, 2021 – AP’s 175th Anniversary
• a remarkable, full motion, 3D digitization of the Pulitzer-winning image tracking the battle from beach landing to the top of Mount Suribachi
• the digitized, original Iwo Jima negative from the AP Corporate Archives
• seven stunning and searing additional images shot by Rosenthal during the intense battle of Iwo Jima
• authentic audio describing the moments Marines stormed the island
• rarely seen and historic film footage from the Battle of Iwo Jima
• a digital copy of the first print made from the negative
• audio of the late Joe Rosenthal discussing the cultural impact of his famous image
• actual audio of the horrific, four-day battle
• Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly’s personal, touching eulogy for Rosenthal
Important info for interested bidders:
AP and Everipedia made history publishing live 2020 AP election data onchain and a related, highly successful NFT - the first of any media company. Today, we introduce NFT patrons to AP ARTiFACTS – The 175 Collection. Marking AP’s 175th year of reporting facts, an AP ARTiFACT is a unique, 1:1, tokenized artwork blending the talents of renowned digital artists with AP’s historic news archives.
“RAISING THE FLAG ON IWO JIMA: AP ARTiFACT 1”, by Marko Stanojevic @MarkoArts - breathes digital life into “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” the masterpiece by AP's Joe Rosenthal. An image so moving, Pulitzer-prize winning photographer David Hume Kennerly refers to it as, “the Gettysburg Address of photography.”
This NFT artwork is one of 10 AP will be minting to celebrate AP’s portfolio of iconic photojournalism and ongoing mission to inform the world. Funds received by AP will support our global, newsgathering mission. We thank NFT patrons in advance for their support. Facts belong onchain.