Digital Photo Services Have the Power to Potentially Change History

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One of the most iconic photographs of the 3.5 trillion that have been taken in its 186-year history, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, is… involved in an investigation with the Marines?

NBC News reports that the photo, taken by Associated Press photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Joe Rosenthal, might have misidentified one of the soldiers involved in the February 23, 1945 raising of the American flag.

“Rosenthal’s photo captured a single moment in the 36-day battle during which more than 6,500 U.S. servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” the U.S. Marines said in a statement. “We are humbled by the service and sacrifice of all who fought on Iwo Jima.”

The USMC went on record that they are “examining information provided by a private organization.”

After the photo was snapped during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the Marines to find out the names of the six soldiers in the picture.

John Bradley, a Navy corpsman, was one of the men identified, but according to two historians, Eric Krelle and Stephen Foley, Bradley was not actually in the photo.

Bradley died in 1994 and when the Associated Press approached his son with these claims, his response: “this is unbelievable.”

It’s too difficult to tell if anything will come of this investigation, but one thing is well-known: we now have the technology to make these kinds of history-changing claims, and we can actually back it up with evidence.

There are plenty of digital photo services out there that are changing not only the ways we take new photos, but also the ways we look at old ones.

Old photo restoration services can take even the oldest, most damaged photo in the world, and turn it into a newer version of itself.

The benefits of digital photo services not only affect the photography industry, but have historical and personal benefits as well.

Nearly one in four U.S. citizens rate family photos as their most important and valuable documents. Beating out birth certificates, Social Security cards, and everything else. The ability to preserve these prized possessions and store them digitally is great for entire families.

Digital photo services literally have the power to change history, but if you just want to keep an online photo album, that’s fine too.