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Past Exhibition

  • Alberto Korda
    Guerrillero Heroico, 1960
    © Alberto Korda, 1960
    Courtesy Korda Estate and Diana Diaz
  • Artist unknown (Cuba)
    Days of the Heroic Guerrilla 8-15 October, date unknown
    Continental Latin American Student Organization, (OCLAE)
    Courtesy Center for Political Graphics, Los Angeles
  • Martin Parr
    Opening of the Saatchi Gallery, Housed in the Former County Hall, London, April 15, 2003
    © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
  • Zhao Hai Yun
    Untitled, 2004
    © Zhao Hai Yun
    Collection of the photographer
  • Vik Muniz
    Che Frijol, 2000
    © Vik Muniz
    Courtesy of the photographer and Galerie Xippas, Paris
  • Pedro Meyer
    ,em>Five Dollar Bill
    , 1990
    © Pedro Meyer
    Collection of the photographer

¡Che! Revolution and Commerce


Alberto Korda's 1960 photograph of Che Guevara is claimed to be the most widely reproduced image in the history of photography. The portrait has shed many of the details of its subject and maker in its endless reproduction on posters, T-shirts, and kitsch objects, but has remained remarkably durable as a symbol of revolution and youthful rebellion. Through a presentation of contact sheets, original magazines, posters, photographs, and more, this exhibition examines the power of the image and the history of its circulation.

¡Che! Revolution and Commerce was organized by independent curator Trisha Ziff for UCR/California Museum of Photography in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, the Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City and It is supported in part by the Anglo Mexican Foundation. The New York presentation is made possible with support from The Smart Family Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and Mexicana Airlines.