Alberto Diaz Gutierrez Korda - LATIN AMERICA New York Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pan American Art Projects, Miami

  • Exhibited

    Oslo, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Alberto Korda: Fotoutstillung, September 14 - November 7, 1999; Baltimore, Grimaldis Gallery, Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa, February, 2000; Chicago, Roy Boyd Gallery, Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa, June 2000; Grand Forks, North Dakota Museum of Art, Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa, 2001; Washington, Govina Gallery, Alberto Korda / José A. Figueroa, 2001 (other examples exhibited)

  • Literature

    G. Jantjes. Alberto Korda, Høvikodden: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, 1999, p. 88 (Illustrated); C. Loviny, Cuba by Korda, Melbourne/New York: Ocean Press, 2006, p. 75 (illustrated); C. Vives and Mark Sanders, Korda: A Revolutionary Lens, Göttingen: Steidl, 2008, p. 81 (Illustrated), (other examples illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Alberto Korda is internationally recognized as one of the masters of Revolutionary Cuban photography. His iconic portraits of Cuban leaders Fidel Castro and Che Guevara have immortalized the images of these communist revolutionaries in history, capturing the dynamism of the revolution itself as well as the character of its leaders. As Castro’s personal photographer, Korda provides a unique lens of perspective of the events of the Cuban Revolution. Korda accompanied Castro on his visit to the United States in April 1959 to cover the leader’s daily activities. Through this striking image, Castro at the Lincoln Memorial, 1959, Korda not only recorded an extraordinary moment in history, but he also reveals the intimate relationship between leader and photographer; because of this relationship, the image functions not as a manipulative tool, but a rare and authentic glimpse of one of Castro’s personal fascinations.
    “I called this photo ‘David and Goliath.’ From the day I gave a copy to Fidel, he never contacted me at the newspaper but rang me directly. I didn’t become his official photographer; no, I became his personal photographer. I never had a title or a salary. We were like friends. From then on, it wasn’t the leader giving order I tried to photograph, but a relaxed man, very human, interested in everything and everyone…” (Alberto Korda in Cuba by Korda, Melbourne/New York 2006, p. 74).



Castro at the Lincoln Memorial

Gelatin silver print.
Image: 12 x 9 3/8 in. (30.5 x 23.8 cm); frame: 24 3/4 x 20 5/8 in. (62.9 x 52.4 cm).
Signed "Alberto Korda" lower right of artist's mat.

$3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $2,500


29 September 2010
New York