Sentence: The film deals quickly with “The Americans”—in which, Jack Kerouac wrote, “Robert Frank…sucked a sad poem right out of America”—and how it established the photographer’s reputation as an outsider and iconoclast. His deliberately unvarnished technique and interest in the margins of American life cut against the grain of photojournalism at the time. One Eisenhower-era critic called the work “meaningless blur.” (Source: www.wsj.com)
Meaning: Someone who goes against or criticizes established beliefs, notions and institutions
How To Remember?
An “icon” is an established symbol. “Iconoclast” should remind you of “clash against an icon“. That is, going against something established.
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