Iconic Imagery

Meet the man behind the dorm room poster

We’ve all seen that photo of political, and now pop, icon Che Guevara -- rockin’ that beret, hair blowing in the wind, eyes all steely and intense. But few know the man behind the camera, the man who told El Che: “One, two, three ... say, ‘Socialist revolutionary!’” All right, Havana’s native son Alberto Diaz Korda might not have said those exact words, but he is the man behind the image. Because he was the personal photographer to Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1968, his lens was the official eye that captured the Cuban Revolution. Both politically unaffiliated and commercially successful, Korda has won praise for his portfolio that focused on society’s forgotten. He died in 2001, leaving behind an extensive body of work that revealed Cuba’s soul. This assortment of images, from political to fashionable, have been compiled into a graphic documentary named Kordavision. This visual jaunt through Korda’s 40-year career will be screening at the Frost Art Museum.
Wed., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
 
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