Alberto Korda (Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez)
Alberto Korda (Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez)
by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1964
8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (202 mm x 249 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- Alberto Korda (Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez) (1928-2001), Photographer. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1567 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait is part of a series of photographs Kar took of Fidel Castro's friend and official photographer. Korda appears in front of a mural commemorating the 26 of July Movement which, led by Castro, succeeded in overthrowing General Batista's regime in 1959. Korda is best known for his portrait of Che Guevara, Guerrillero Heroico (1960) which has become a defining image of revolution and protest.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Freestone, Clare (appreciation) Wright, Karen (appreciation), Ida Kar Bohemian Photographer, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 March to 19 June 2011), p. 126 Read entry
Korda was born Alberto Diaz Gutiérrez in Havana. He formed Korda Studios in partnership with Luis Pierce (also photographed by Kar) in 1956. This portrait is part of a series of photographs Kar took of Fidel Castro's friend and official photographer. He appears in front of a mural commemorating the 26th of July Movement which, led by Castro, succeeded in overthrowing General Fulgencio Batista's regime in 1959. Korda is best known for his portrait of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Guerrillero Heroico (1960), which, since the late 1960s, has become one of the most iconic images of revolution and protest.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer (10 March 2011 - 19 June 2011)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1964back to top
Current affairsHarold Wilson narrowly wins the general election for the Labour Party, the first of his four election victories.
Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans become the last people to be executed in the United Kingdom before capital punishment was abolished in 1965.
The Sun newspaper replaces the Daily Herald.
Art and scienceTop of the Pops begins its rein as the longest running television music show. The first broadcast was presented by Jimmy Savile and included the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, The Hollies and The Beatles, who were the show's first number 1 with I Want to Hold Your Hand.
InternationalThe Civil Rights Act is passed in the USA, outlawing discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin. The Act abolished the 'Jim Crow Laws' in the Southern States, making forced segregation illegal.
After spending two years in prison Nelson Mandela is sentenced to Life in Prison for the crimes of sabotage and crimes equivalent to treason against the Republic of South Africa.
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