Revolution and Commerce

Revolution and Commerce

Revolution and Commerce: The Legacy of Korda’s Portrait of Che Guevara. Artefacts, paintings, posters, photos and illustrations based on the original Korda’s photo.

The portrait of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’, Guerrillo Heroico, photographed by Alberto Díaz Korda on March 5, 1960, is considered to be the most reproduced image in the history of photography. Whether this claim can be substantiated or not, Korda’s Che is nonetheless a unique image. It has come to symbolize anti-establishment thought and action. Its political power has maintained its currency from the Prague Spring of 1968, through Chiapas, Mexico of 2000, to the present conflicts in the Middle East. It has reverberated from the cold war to our post-colonial reality. It is an image which has inspired sophisticated art and multiple renditions yet its iconic silhouette is immediately recognizable even in the most simple of children’s shadow toys.

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