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"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 winners, including Eddie Adams's 1968 photo of the public execution of a Viet Cong prisoner, an anonymous photographer's last image of Salvador Allende during the 1973 coup, Charlie Cole's 1989 photo of a lone student confronting tanks in Tiananmen Square, and David Turnley's 1991 photo of a grieving soldier during the first Gulf War.


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

May 11, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
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Made to honor the 50th anniversary of the 'World Press Photo of the Year,' this documentary fails as both birthday present and theoretical inquiry.

May 9, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

May 9, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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