This photograph is one of the most iconic pictures taken during WWII. It was a symbol that the Americans were succeeding in war and specifically that they had won the battle on Iwo Jima. Joe Rosenthal was the talented photographer who snapped this picture. Although he didn't know it at the time, this would become probably the most famous picture from WWII. Rosenthal's personal connection was that this was his job and he was there for this event.