Exactly 51 years ago today, Alberto Korda took the famous photograph of Che Guevara (giving it the title Guerrillero Heroico) that was to adorn the bedrooms of hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults over the following decades. Few images can ever have influenced the cult status of an individual as much as this one did – in its original form and in the thousands of posterised versions that emerged subsequently. Guevara ceased to be an historical figure and became an image-based myth, part of the narrative of the 1960s and wave of design-driven new thinking that was its hallmark.
Who exactly knows anything about Che these days, and if they knew, how many would be interested in his politics and exploits? But his photo is still everywhere. It is a remarkable achievement.
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