Guerrillero Heroico

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The original picture by Alberto Korda, 1960
Template for Jim Fitzpatrick's work

The picture Guerrillero Heroico ("heroic guerrilla fighter ") shows the revolutionary Che Guevara in a pensive pose with a beret on his head and has been called "the most famous photography in the world and symbol of the 20th century" by the Maryland Institute of Art. The original version is a photo of Alberto Korda , the March 5, 1960 in Havana ( Cuba was included).

A better-known version of the photo is an image section that focuses only on Che's face as a motif and serves as a template for the most famous version of the photo: a three-color version of the image section alienated by the Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick , which is predominantly in black and white red background world a print of T-shirts , flags , posters , button , Tattoo is used motif so.

The communist Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli brought the picture with him from Cuba and was the first to distribute it in Europe. Feltrinelli received the reproduction rights to the photo from Korda, who waived any royalties. Illustrators at the Milan-based Feltrinelli publishing house then worked on Korda's original image by stretching it up by a sixth. This made Che Guevara's face, which was puffy from taking cortisone due to his asthma , appear narrower.


Web links

Commons : Guerrillero Heroico  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Derivative works of Guerrillero Heroico  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Che Guevara photographer dies", of May 26, 2001
  2. ^ Matthias Rüb : Che Guevara. 100 pages . Reclam, Ditzingen 2017, ISBN 978-3-15-020429-0 , p. 3 .