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This photo was published and distributed for first time as a poster in May 1968 at the time of the student revolts in Paris, and has since become one of the most reproduced photos in history.

Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez Korda (1928-2001) is considered 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 on Sept. 27, 1928, 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 harbour, killing more than 100 dock workers. As he later recalled, it was a damp, cold day. Using a 90-millimetre lens, he was panning his Leica across the figures on the dais when Guevara's face jumped into the viewfinder. The look in Che's eyes startled Korda so much that he instinctively lurched backward, and immediately pressed the button: There appears to be a mystery in those eyes, but in reality it is just blind rage at the deaths of the day before, and the grief for their families. Korda spent 10 years as Fidel Castro's official photographer, using his skills to humanize the revolutionary leader's image in off-duty scenes, sharing moments with Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre, or confronting a caged tiger at the New York Zoo.

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Publication: The Photos of the Century: 100 Historic Moments by Marie-Monique Robin
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Verso, Margin
Notes: Minor staining on verso.
Degree: Minor
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: Minor toning to overall image.
Degree: Minor

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  • Personal Collection photographer's son
  • Pickup Location: Florida, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
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