"You must be glorious with your own imagery and how you share it with others," the late Dennis Stock says in the film, Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock.
Once told by Gjon Mili, his father figure and a master photographer for Life, that he would never be a photographer, Stock ended up taking some of the most recognizable images of the 1950s and '60s, including shots of Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, and the counterculture movement. Hanna Sawka's documentary turns the camera on the self-proclaimed "photo essayist" who captured the legendary photo of James Dean walking through the rain-slicked streets of Times Square.
On Sunday, April 21, at 7:15pm, the Rosendale Theatre Collective screens the 75 minute documentary following a sold-out screening in March at Upstate Films/Woodstock—where Stock lived for the last decade of his life, and where some of the film was shot.
Sawka's film provides a glimpse into the personal life of the Magnum Photographer, as well as his artistic philosophy and photographic aptitude. In addition to scenes shot at Stock's home and Woodstock's weekly drum circle on the green, the film splices in footage from a five-day workshop he taught at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Sawka and a live jazz performance at the Rosendale Café featuring the composers who scored the film, John Menegon and Teri Roiger—joined by percussionist Tani Tabbal and trumpeter Rebecca Coupe-Franks.
Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock screens at the Rosendale Theatre on Sunday, April 21, at 7:15pm. Tickets for the screening are $7 for the public and $5 for members. The Rosendale Café concert is free.