Saturday, August 15

¡Cuba, Cuba! 65 Years of Photography

"Burt Glinn was at a New Year’s Eve party in New York in 1958 when he heard that Fidel Castro’s rebel army had ousted president Batista from power in Cuba. Using money he borrowed from fellow photographer Cornell Capa, he hot-footed it to Miami just in time to catch the last commercial flight to Havana, where he immediately immersed himself in the chaotic scenes of street-fighting around the presidential palace. Glinn’s on-the-ground photography is a potent reminder of the reality of this revolution that would soon be romanticised in shots that showed Castro and Che Guevara as triumphant heroes, all but erasing the inevitable violence of their guerrilla struggle and its aftermath. ..."
Guardian: This is the real Cuba: a timeline of gripping photography since the 50s
Guardian: 'Take me to Fidel!' 65 years of revolutionary Cuban photography – in pictures