Looking for an Icon
Looking for an Icon (2007)

"Looking for an Icon" examines the process by which photos become icons, revealing that once a photo is published, social forces are at work beyond the photographer's control. The film focuses on four World Press Photo… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: May 9, 2007
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The documentary provides an inside look at the dynamics of photojournalism that even I -- a longtime newsman -- found interesting.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

This documentary about four World Press Photo contest winners defines icon to mean a still image so searing that it supplants memories of the event it was supposed to record.

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Tom Beer
Time Out

Structured like a freewheeling crash course in media studies, Looking for an Icon offers close readings of four famous photographs, each a past winner of the World Press Photo of the Year.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

If a great photograph is one that is symbolic, inviting us to project our wide-ranging interpretations onto them, then the images selected for deconstruction by Hans Pool and Maaik Krijgsman are almost beyond reproach.

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Charles Petersen
Village Voice

Made to honor the 50th anniversary of the 'World Press Photo of the Year,' this documentary fails as both birthday present and theoretical inquiry.

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