RENÉ BURRI (1933-2014) - Che Guevara, Cuba 1963


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Product number: A00053
Starting Price €2,400
Estimate € 3.500 – 4.500
Dimensions : 28,4 x 44 cm
Photographer : RENÉ BURRI (1933-2014)
RENÉ BURRI (1933-2014) - Che Guevara, Cuba 1963

Gelatin silver print, printed in the 1990s

28,4 x 44 cm

Photographer's copyright stamp on the reverse, handwritten notation in pencil by the photographer on the reverse

LITERATURE  “Most revealing Report on Cuba since the missile Crisis”, in: Look, April 9, 1963, p. 27; W. Manchester (ed.), In our Time. The world as seen by Magnum, London 1989, p. 287; Hans-Michael Koetzle (ed.), René Burri. Fotografien, Berlin 2003, p. 226-224; Hans-M. Koetzle (ed.), Photo-Icons 1827-1991, Cologne 2005, p. 264f.; Saul Corrales/Carlos T. Cairo (eds.), Che Guevara. By the Photographers of the Cuban Revolution, Havana 2006, p. 115; Carlos T. Cairo et al. (eds.), René Burri. Un Mondo, Valencia 2007, p. 59; Kirsten Lubben (ed.), Magnum Contact Sheets, Munich 2011, p. 142-143.

Four years after the Cuban revolution in 1959, Magnum sent René Burri to Cuba to take photographs of Ernesto “Che” Guevara during an interview for the widely-circulated American magazine Look. As President of the National Bank and Minister of Industry, Che Guevara was the second most powerful man in Cuba and had personally invited the American star journalist Laura Bergquist to Havana so that she could form her own opinion about the success of the revolution. In retrospect, Burri would describe the atmosphere of the conversation between Che and the reporter with her provocative questions as “tense”. Right at the start, Che denied Burri his request to open the blinds to improve the lighting situation in the room. Furthermore, he would not deign to look at Burri during the six-hour interview, during which the photographer exposed six rolls of film.The picture of the proud, Havana-smoking Che was to become an icon of the immortal revolutionary after his murder by the Bolivian army in 1967. 


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