Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda  (Cuban, 1928-2001) 

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Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez Korda (Cuban, September 19, 1928–May 25, 2001) is considered to be the man who made Ernesto "Che" Guevara an icon. His image of Che became one of the most famous pictures of the 20th century. Born in Havana as the son of a railway worker, the young Korda had a variety of jobs before he started working as a photographer's assistant. It was while on an assignment for Revolucion newspaper in 1960 that Korda took the famous photo of Guevara at a protest rally, after a Belgian freighter, carrying arms to Cuba, was blown up by counterrevolutionaries while being unloaded in Havana harbor, killing more than 100 dock workers. As he later recalled, Korda was panning his lens across the figures on the dais when Guevara's face jumped into the viewfinder. The look in Guevara's eyes startled Korda so much that he instinctively captured it. Korda spent 10 years as Fidel Castro's official photographer. During this time, he used his skills to humanize the revolutionary leader's image in off-duty scenes, shared moments with Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre, and confronted a caged tiger at the New York Zoo.

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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Guerrillero Heroico (Che Guevara)

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Guerrillero Heroico (Che Guevara)
1960
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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Guerrillero Heroico (full frame)

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Guerrillero Heroico (full frame)
1960

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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Guerrillero Heroico (cropped)

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Guerrillero Heroico (cropped)
1960

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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Pesquería con Fidel

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Pesquería con Fidel
1959

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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, El Quijote de la Farola

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
El Quijote de la Farola
1959

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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Pesqueria Hemingway y Fidel

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Pesqueria Hemingway y Fidel
1959

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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, La niña con la muñeca de palo

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
La niña con la muñeca de palo
1959

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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Desfile en la Plaza de la Revolución, Cuba

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Desfile en la Plaza de la Revolución, Cuba, 1962
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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Guerrillero Heroico, Havane, mars

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Guerrillero Heroico, Havane, mars, 1960
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Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda, Comparsa fantasia infantil; Comparsa artistica (2 works)

 

Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda
Comparsa fantasia infantil; Comparsa artistica (2 works), 1965
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1928   Born: Havana, Cuba
1946 - 1947   Commercial studies, Candler College, Havana, Cuba
1947 - 1950   Commercial studies, Havana Business Academy, Havana, Cuba
1959   Awarded "Palma de Plata" prize, Havana, Cuba
1960   Took the photograph of Che Guevara, "Guerrillero Heroico"
1960 - 1963   Awarded first prize at "Carnaval de La Habana", Havana, Cuba
1980   Awarded first prize in Foto Histórica. Revista Revolución y Cultura, X Salón Nacional de Fotografía “26 de Julio", Ciego de Avila, CUBA
1982   National cultural distintion award, Consejo de Estado, República de Cuba, Cuba
1994   Awarded "Félix Varela" prize, Consejo de Estado, República de Cuba, Cuba
2001   Died: Paris, France
2009   Miradas reveladoras - Fotografía Cubana - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
2008   Korda - Santralistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2007   Che! - Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
KUBA. Bilder einer Revolution - Sammlung Falckenberg - Kulturstiftung Phoenix Art, Hamburg, Germany
2006   Che Guevara. Revolutionary and Icon - Victoria and Albert Museum - V&A, London, UK (solo)
Che Guevara. Revolutiuonary and Icon - UCR / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (solo)
2005   Revolution and Commerce - The Legacy of Korda - UCR / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (solo)
perdere la testa - Lattuada Studio, Milan
2001   Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND., U.S.A -solo
Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C., U.S.A -solo
2000   Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa [febrero]. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, U.S.A. –solo
Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa [June]. Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A. -solo
1999   Alberto Korda. Fotoutstilling [September 14-November 7]. Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Oslo, NORUEGA. -solo
La fotografía cubana en la Revolución: dos generaciones. Alberto Korda/José Alberto Figueroa [May 7- June]. Sala de Exposiciones, Escuela Superior de la marina Civil, Universidad de Cantabria, ESPAÑA -solo
Alberto Korda [enero-febrero]. Alianza Francesa, México, D.F., MÉXICO -solo
1998   Alberto Korda: Diario de una Revolución, CUBA [ -November 19]. Photographic Center Gallery, Seattle, WA, U.S.A. -solo
Alberto Korda [October 23-November 28]. Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA., U.S.A. * -solo
Alberto Korda. Exposición Retrospectiva [September 14-]. Fototeca de Cuba, La Habana, Cuba-solo
El "Che" de Alberto Korda [julio 1-12]. Sala Parpalló, Centre Cultural La Beneficència, Valencia, ESPAÑA * -solo
1997   Fotos del Che. Korda [July 2-20]. Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA * -solo
1996   Che Guevara momentos de su vida en Cuba [December 11- ]. Restaurante "La Guarida", La Habana, CUBA, 1996
1995   Museo Ken Damy de Fotografia Contemporanea, Brescia, ITALIA [December 17/1995- January 21/1996]. -solo
1994   Realidades Fragmentadas (Paz Errázuriz/Edgar Moreno/Korda). Premio Ensayo Fotográfico Casa de las Américas [November4 ]. Galería L, La Habana, CUBA -solo
1992   Alberto Díaz "Korda" [March 16 31]. Nueva Imagen. Fotogalería, Pamplona, ESPAÑA -solo
Alberto Díaz "Korda" y Osvaldo Salas [February 27 March 31]. Foto Galería Railowsky, Valencia, ESPAÑA -solo
1991   Fotógrafos de Cuba. Alberto Korda, Raúl Corrales, Abelardo Rodríguez. VII Abril Mes de la Fotografía. [April 10 ]. Galería Vicente Gabriel Gahona "Picheta", Mérida, Yucatán, MÉXICO –solo
Momentos de la Historia [mayo]. Galería Espacio Abierto, Revista Revolución y Cultura, La Habana, CUBA –solo
Alberto Díaz (Korda) [June]. People Express, Barcelona, ESPAÑA –solo
Che Guevara [Alberto Korda, Humberto Castro, Arcay] [July 1 ]. Galerie Nesle, -solo
Paris, FRANCE (Presentación de edición serigráfica del Atelier Arcay, Paris) –solo
Autres regards [José A. Figueroa/Nelson A. Egüed/Alberto Korda/ Alfredo Sarabia/Díaz Montesinos] [October 14 26]. Forum de la FNAC, Strasbourg, FRANCE *-solo
Otras miradas [José A. Figueroa/Nelson A. Egüed/Alberto Korda/Alfredo Sarabia/Díaz Montesinos] [November 20 December 15]. Casa Municipal de Cultura, Valladolid, ESPAÑA –solo
Érase una vez...una revolución. Alberto Díaz "Korda". 4 Bienal de Fotografía de Córdoba [December 6 31]. Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba, ESPAÑA -solo
1990   Che Guevara. Un Homme du XXIe. Siécle. Photographies d'Alberto Korda [Octobre 8 20]. Galerie du Jour Agnés B, Paris, FRANCE-solo
Che Guevara. Mannen og Myten [November 18 25]. Kulturhuset Slurpen, Oslo, NORUEGA -solo
  SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
  Biblioteca Nacional "José Martí", Havana, Cuba
Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba
Center for Cuban Studies, NY, NY
Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, Universidad de Parma, Parma, Italy
Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía, Mexico City, Mexico
Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
Galleria IF, Milan, Italy
Galleria Il Diafragma Kodak, Milan, Italy
Maison de la Culture de la Sein Saint Dennis, Paris, France
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, France
  FAIF Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
2008    Sanders, Mark and Cristina Vives, Alberto Korda: A Revolutionary Lens. Göttingen : Steidl, 2008
2006    Loviny, Christoph and Alessandra Silvestry-Levy, Cuba by Korda. Melbourne ; New York : Ocean, 2006
1988    Corrales, Raul (et al.), Cuba : la fotografía de los años 60. Fototeca de Cuba, 1988