Yousuf KARSH

Armenia 1908 – United States of America 2002

  • 1925 Canada

Fidel Castro 1971 Creation Notes: prtd 1974
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: card

Dimensions: printed image 99.0 h x 73.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 74.396.42
Subject: Portrait: male
  • ‘This Cuban revolutionary leader, with the face of a mystic poet, took off his regulation gun with a gesture of fatigue, and wearily placed it on the table beside him. We discussed governments, the art of communication and great men and women of achievement, in a photographic session which lasted many hours.’ (Karsh)

    Fidel Castro graduated from HavanaUniversity with a Doctor of Laws degree in 1950. While at university he became a popular student leader and entered Cuban politics. His attempt in 1953 to start a revolution failed and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was released in 1955. He went into exile in Mexico and in 1956 returned to Cuba. He waged guerrilla warfare against the government and Batista was forced to flee on 1 January 1959. Castro became head of the government. In 1979 he became leader of the Non-Aligned Movement. He has maintained Communism in Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra