“Forget the camera, forget the lens, forget all of that. With any four-dollar camera, you can capture the best picture.”
Alberto “Korda” Díaz Gutiérrez was born in 1928 in Havana, Cuba, the same year as Che Guevara. In the 1950s, Korda was working in fashion and advertising, but the Cuban Revolution turned his career in a completely different direction. Having photographed Fidel Castro’s entrance into Havana in January 1959, he took the image to Revolucion, the newspaper of the Cuban revolutionaries. The photo was published, and Korda was asked to accompany Fidel on his first trip abroad after the revolution, to Venezuela. For over ten years, he would accompany Fidel Castro and become his personal photographer, taking intimate portraits of Fidel and Che, both at public receptions and in their personal moments. During this period he took more than 12,000 photographs documenting the revolution as it unfolded.
Alberto Korda’s portrait of Che Guevara, Guerrillero Heroico, taken in 1960, is the most reproduced image in the history of photography.