This series takes a look at six of the most powerful and enduring iconic figures of the 20th Century. Every Icon has classic images that encapsulate everything about them and their legacy remains enduring. For good or bad, their power has a lasting effect on people today. Each episode features Professor Martin Kemp of Oxford University, author of From Christ To Coke: How Image Becomes Icon along with key people who had direct family or working relationships with these important figures. We illustrate how the combination of events led them to become the Icons we know today.
Muhammad Ali- Not only considered among the greatest heavyweights in boxing history but arguably the greatest sports personality of all time. We meet George Lois the man behind the legendary Esquire cover, and Lawrence Lusting who photographed many of Ali’s fights
Anne Frank - Was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for several plays and films, and is an inspiration to young people. In this episode we meet Eva Schloss Anne Frank’s step-sister and the Anne Frank museum
Marilyn Monroe- Actress, Model and Singer, the original blonde bombshell who found international success in motion pictures during the 1950s. In this episode we meet the photographer Elliot Erwitt who took the classic “Seven Year Itch” , Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson who worked with Marilyn on The Misfits.
Che Guevara- The archetypal Marxist revolutionary. Che was also a physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. We go to Dublin to meet Jim Fitzpatrick who met Che and designed the classic commercially renowned image.