Joe Rosenthal's Camera Lens
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Joseph "Joe" Rosenthal


Camera Lens


Glows around inspiring things


Monochromatic colorblindness


Proximity/Looking through

Collected by

Warehouse 13


War Wing





Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Joseph John Rosenthal was an American photographer who received the Pulitzer Prize for his iconic World War II photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima. His picture became one of the best-known photographs of the war.

The American people saw Rosenthal's photo as a potent symbol of victory. Wire services flashed what would become a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph around the world in time to appear in the Sunday newspapers on February 25, 1945 (Lowery's photos weren't released until late 1947). Many magazines ran the photo on their covers.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Seemingly a precognitive artifact, the lens will glow brightly when in the presence of an event that will inspire others to greatness or during bouts of inspiration. The intensity of the glow is related to the greatness of the deed or the passion of the inspired. A simple "you can do it" speech has the effect of a camera flash, while a rousing pep talk made it glow brightly for several minutes.

Looking through the lens allows a person to revisit moments of inspiration from their own lives as if they were there, although this causes monochromatic colorblindness that can last for several days.

"Felix's Notes"[edit | edit source]

Due to recent events I was looking into artifacts that can restore lost hope. While experimenting with the lens I discovered, quite accidentally, that using them while looking at the glow from Diogenes of Sinope's Lantern completely restored any lost hope I had. Temporarily. Potential use for crisis situations should be considered if the colourblindness can be sorted out.

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