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On the eve of the World Press Photo Contest's 50th anniversary, filmmakers Hans Pool and Maaik Krijgsman explore the stories behind four photographs that forever changed the course of contemporary photojournalism. It was in 1955 that the Dutch photojournalists' union made the decision to hold an international competition that would determine the photo of the year, and after Denmark's Mogens von Haven was honored for his compelling image of a motorcyclist spinning out of control, the event that was originally staged as a one-off celebration of the world's finest photojournalism… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The documentary provides an inside look at the dynamics of photojournalism that even I -- a longtime newsman -- found interesting."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"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."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Made to honor the 50th anniversary of the 'World Press Photo of the Year,' this documentary fails as both birthday present and theoretical inquiry."
‑ Charles Petersen, Village Voice
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