Thursday, October 7, 2010

KORDAVISION -The Man Who Shot Che Guevara

No other image in history has been reproduced as many times as Alberto Korda’s portrait of Che Guevara. That shot, taken at a memorial service on March 5, 1960, became the international symbol of protest and rebellion, yet the photographer never profited from the image he gave to the world. As Fidel Castro’s personal photographer, the man born as Alberto Diaz Gutierrez captured more than 12,000 images of the Cuban Revolution as it unfolded. His photographs have garnered international acclaim, decorated museum galleries, and adorned more T-shirts and bedroom walls worldwide than anyone could possibly calculate. In spite of his fame, Alberto Korda remains one of the most humble artisans the world has ever known.

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Original "Crying Che" by figment'68

From 1998 to 2001, director Héctor Cruz Sandoval accompanied Korda to the sites of his most famous photographs where the circumstances behind each were recounted, granting a poignancy and insight to the life of one of the most celebrated photojournalists of our time. Kordavision is a Cuban Revelation, from Korda’s pioneering work in the world of fashion photography to his groundbreaking exploration of underwater optical imaging, A career spanning fifty years comes full circle when the artist is reunited with his subject. In an intimate, preconception-shattering interview, Fidel Castro pays tribute to the man whose photographs documented The Revolution, and whose spirit and destiny encapsulate that of his homeland.

 "On October 9th, 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was put to death by Bolivian soldiers, trained, equipped and guided by U.S. Green Beret and CIA operatives. His execution remains a historic and controversial event; and thirty years later, the circumstances of his guerrilla foray into Bolivia, his capture, killing, and burial are still the subject of intense public interest and discussion around the world."

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