Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentine-born communist, briefly stepped forward at a public memorial held March 5, 1960 in Cuba. The day before, La Coubre, a French ship carrying munitions, exploded in the Havana harbor killing scores on board. The revolutionary government blamed the CIA. Che witnessed the mayhem, lending his hand as a trained doctor to the victims.
Courtesy of the Pieczenik collection Alberto Korda's famed "Guerrillero Heroico"
At the memorial, he took a low profile, but came within view of Cuban photographer Alberto Korda who snapped just two candid shots. The rest, as they say, is history. The iconic "Guerrillero Heroico" portrait is just one of many that are a part of the Korda: Revolutionary Photographer exhibit opening at Long Beach's Museum of Latin American Art this Saturday.More »