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Fidel Castro speaking at the Teatro Chaplin, Havana

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




René Burri
Swiss, 1933-2014

About this artwork

A member of the photographic cooperative Magnum, which enabled photographers to retain creative control of their images, René Burri traveled the world on reportage assignments. In 1963 he journeyed to Cuba for the American magazine Look—along with the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was reporting for Life (no Americans were allowed entry)—and photographed Che Guevara and Fidel Castro as well as everyday citizens. This photograph of Castro, dwarfed by an arrangement of weapons and flowers, was included in Burri’s first one-man show, at the Art Institute in 1967; two years later, the museum acquired 24 of his photographs.


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René Burri


Fidel Castro speaking at the Teatro Chaplin, Havana


Switzerland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1963


Gelatin silver print


Image/paper: 20.8 × 31.5 cm (8 1/4 × 12 7/16 in.); Mount: 56 × 45.9 cm (22 1/16 × 18 1/8 in.)

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Gift of the artist

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