As a part of the Outside-in Cinema screenings in Experimedia here at the Library, on Wednesday 11 August at 6:30pm you can catch the recent documentary about the most re-produced photograph ever – a portrait of revolutionary guerrilla leader Che Guevara taken at a mass funeral in 1960 by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda – entitled Chevolution.
Korda is seen to be one of the most important documentarians of Cuban national history over the second half of the 20th century. The book entitled Korda : a revolutionary lens, made in the time leading up to and shortly following Korda’s death, displays a wide selection of photos taken throughout his life. This book can be requested from the catalogue for perusal within the Library.
The intersection of 19th and 20th century far-left politics and contemporary popular culture, as focussed on in Chevolution, is not an unknown crossroad. In Left intellectuals & popular culture in twentieth-century America, Paul R. Gorman looks at many ways that modern art movements have drawn from such viewpoints, whether for aesthetic reasons, political reasons, or both.
For further exploration of some of the other important photos of the 20th century (before they were re-appropriated), head over the Arts Reading Room’s large books section and flip through the bio-encyclopedia, Icons of photography.