Beyond Iconic, excerpt was shown as part of the DEVELOP Photo line-up for the first edition of the On Photography Online Film Festival, 9/29/13. The Festival was part of the FOTOWEEK in Holland, an initiative of FOAM and the Netherlands Photo Museum, and was organized by Barbera Brakel of Photo Affairs. opfestival.nl/
“Beyond Iconic” is a film about Magnum photographer Dennis Stock, who created some of the most famous images in the world. Stock’s photograph of James Dean in Times Square was included in BBC’s 100 Most Famous Photographs. Many photos he made are historic; the Hollywood Golden Era, Jazz greats, the hippie generation and stunning images of landscapes, architecture and nature. Stocks’ works are in collections around the world, including the International Center of Photography (NY), the National Gallery (Washington, DC), and the Art Institute of Chicago. Stock passed away in 2010 at the age of 81. “Beyond Iconic” was made during the last three years of his life and it includes interviews, footage from a workshop and hundreds of his brilliant photographs. Introducing the photographer in his own words, the film delves into the meaning of photography, life and art. Both a form of art and a way to record reality, photography relates to our existence. According to Stock, “It is a marvelous way of saying ‘I’ve been here!’”
Hanna Maria Sawka has a BA cum laude from Smith College and a MFA in Directing from the Polish National Film School. While a graduate student, Hanna directed bimonthly crime re-enactments for Polish National Television. She has directed professionally for the theater and she is a published author. Hanna has written and directed 5 short films, on 35mm and digital, which enjoyed success at 14 festivals around the world. “Beyond Iconic,” her critically-acclaimed portrait of Magnum photographer Dennis Stock, is about to premier on Dutch Public Television and is distributed to the educational market by Alexander Street Press. Hanna manages the estate of her late father Jan Sawka, whose work is in over 60 museums around the world, including the Library of Congress, MoMA and the Polish National Museums in Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan and Gdansk.
This video is part of the DEVELOP Tube Channel which can be found at DEVELOP Tube: Photography to Watch. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.