Cuba Through the Lens: The Revolution Photographs
During the six long years in which Fidel Castro, his brother Raul, and Che Guevara led the struggle to overthrow the dictator Fulgencio Batista, journalists and photojournalists such as Carlo Maria Gutierrez, Andrew St. George, Dickey Chapelle, Burt Glinn, Lester Cole, Osvaldo Salas, Alberto Diaz, and Luis Peirce were granted extraordinary access to the inside workings of the revolution. Accompanied by a fascinating essay that chronicles the photographic history of the Cuban revolution, this powerful volume features some of the most important images to document the conflict, many of which appeared in the pages of Time, Look, Life, and Paris Match. It also includes a large number of never-before-published images from important private collections. For the first time the story of the iconic image of Che Guevara, taken by Korda, is precisely described. Conscious of the power of visual exposure, especially for the country's large illiterate population, Castro and his cohorts encouraged photographers to document their efforts to overthrow the dictatorship. Thus images from Castro's jungle hideouts; candid shots taken by candlelight; scenes of air raids, kidnappings, and clandestine meetings; and shots of Castro's victorious march to Havana illustrate an important chapter of twentieth century history.