iconic-photos

Something I’ve been thinking about for a while:

Are iconic moments/stage pictures from shows the moments photos are taken of, or are they iconic because photos were taken? You know what I mean?

Like Dolly Levi at the top of the stairs is iconic. But is it iconic BECAUSE it’s what’s been photographed because of the impressiveness of the stage picture, or was it photographed because it was iconic via word-of-mouth?

Or, more recent, if I were asked what the signature moments of Gentleman’s Guide are, I’d say the end of the Trio, the tableau at the end of act one, that one step in BWAM, and the end of BWAM. But am I only saying that because that’s what Joan Marcus and the ads have captured? Or do the photographers and filmmakers just agree with me?

I don’t know. Discuss.