The Cuban Revolution of 1959 was one of the most spectacular political events of the twentieth century. A dramatic chapter in the Cold War, the improbable overthrow of the dictator Fulgenico Batista by a ragtag band of young Communist guerillas and intellectuals occurred just ninety miles from the United States. Tracing the movement from the triumphal entry of the rebels into Havana on January 1, 1959, to the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, these images show the tremendous influence of photography in recording and encouraging the revolutionary movement in Cuba. Among the most outstanding works in our collection of rare vintage prints are Alberto Korda's famous portrait of Che Guevara titled "Heroic Guerrilla" and never-before-seen images of Che's death in Bolivia in 1967. Our inventory features work from over thirty photographers, including important images of pre-Revolutionary Cuba in the 1950s by Constantino Arias as well as classic images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raúl Corrales, and Burt Glinn, among others. Cuba in Revolutionexplores everyday life in Cuba before and after the Revolution and considers the ways in which both Cuban and foreign photojournalists helped construct the image of the revolution abroad.
Liborio Noval is considered one of Cuba’s most celebrated photographers of Cuba. He chronicled the Cuban Revolution and people across Vedado, acting as Fidel’s right-hand man during most of the Revolution. Noval became internationally known for his intimate pictures of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, taken at home — images that many skeptics and critics claim to be propoanda showing Fidel as a family man. Noval accompanied former President Fidel Castro on most of his political tours throughout Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, China, Chile, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Malaysia and Libya, in addition to his being a war correspondent in the conflicts in Vietnam and Nicaragua. According to the Prensa Latina news agency, his photographs earned him more than 30 awards in national competitions and three international prizes. The compendium “A Hundred Images of the Cuban Revolution” includes five of his pieces.