Ché Guevara, "Guerrillero Heroico". Habana, Cuba, 1960.
Image size: 40 x 50 cm. Total dimensions: 50 x 40 cm.
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This image of Ché Guevara titled "The heroic guerrilla" was taken in 1960 at the funeral of "Coubre, Havana, Cuba".
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Image conditions: It has slight imperfections due to the passage of time as can be seen in the photos of the de-description, but the general condition is good.
Alberto Korda / Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez ( Cuba 1928 - 2001 ).
The depictions of the development of Cuban revolution in the work of Alberto Korda are staggering and immaculately delivered visual observations. Almost half of his career was devoted and truly inspired by the leftist ideas of social justice and solidarity. Nevertheless, very often Korda was very critical of the communist regime, although he supported it, but was never disputed or censored. The notable oeuvre of his suggests the artist’s struggle to overcome all the obstacles in order to polish his craft to perfection. Korda’s approach was indeed innovative in the sense of carefully composing each shot, which marked his efforts grand not only in the context of revolutionary but fashion and underwater photography as well.
The Years of Revolution
The Cuban Revolution came as a reaction of the people of Cuban to the authoritarian regime in the form of an armed revolt led by the 26th of July Movement in charge of Fidel Castro. It lasted almost six years and its effect was the erection of a socialist state. Soon after the transformation, Cuban society started building itself from within which meant new structures from education, health care to media. That was when the newly established newspaper, symbolically called Revolution, was in a quest for photographers which should spread revolutionary ideas through images. Korda decided to assign became part of the revolutionary cause, immediately he got caught up in the ideals of the revolution and began photographing its leaders.
Working with Castro
Not only that Korda became official photographer of the regime, rather he became somehow a friend with president Castro. The photographer was quite free to express the ideals of the revolution regardless of party program of possible political consequences. Besides sporadically taking pictures of comrades on their tasks or ordinary working people, Korda was very much focused on the figure of Castro. Actually, he became a chaperone of his, following wherever the great leader traveled and worked as a personal photographer of his for ten years. Iconic images of Castro in Washington or in the Soviet Union, with then president Khrushchev, represent perhaps some of the world’s most important events captured by a camera.
When Korda produced a photograph of guerrilla fighter and military theorist Che Guevara in 1960, he was supposedly unaware of the humongous impact of the image he created. It was captured due to the memorial service after a Belgian transport exploded in Havana harbor and killed 136 people. Che Guevara stood behind during Castro’s speech and fascinated by his expression Korda took two photos before he disappeared off stage again. Interestingly, Korda never received any admission for the shoot, allegedly due to Castro’s disinterest in solving the matter of artistic authorship on the state level. Despite that, Korda remained loyal to his work in the sense of being completely against its commercialization. Nevertheless, throughout the time this image has not lost its striking power and still embodies revolutionary ideas, so it is no wonder that its reproduction very often is being used as a form of the legitimate political statement.
Alberto Korda died on May 25, 2001 in Paris.
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- Alberto Korda (1928-2001)
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- Ché Guevara, "Guerrillero Heroico". Habana, Cuba. 1960.
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- 40×50 cm