Che Guevara as a photographer

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Tue May 15 02:08:38 MDT 2001

>From the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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using Che as a search, beside the text there are various photos taken by

The Return of Ernesto Guevara
By Paul Ingendaay

There may be more important matters in the life of a revolutionary than his
aesthetic sidelines, especially in the case of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna,
more commonly known as Che Guevara. It is surprising, however, that this
aspect of Guevara's life -- his great interest in photography -- has been
ignored by historians, biographers and mythmakers for more than 30 years.

Just one look at any of the pictures showing Guevara on his travels and the
idea is clear: A camera always hangs around his uniformed neck, whether he
is with a young rebel in the Sierra Maestra mountains or on a state visit to
the Far East with the Cuban minister of industry.

Only in 1998 did representatives of the Valencian Institute of Modern Art
realize the dimensions of Guevara's photographic oeuvre. They convinced his
widow, Aleida March, that the time was ripe for an exhibition, and thus 120
photographs taken between 1955 and 1965 are currently being shown at the
Valencian Library in the Monastery of San Miguel de los Reyes. Until now the
photographs were unknown in both Spain and Europe.

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