LINK By ANNETTE GRANT.
IN 1955 a clean-shaven young man in a spiffy suit came to New York with the wild notion of raising money to finance a revolution in his homeland, Cuba. Even then Fidel Castro knew the value of a good photo-op, so he was glad to meet a countryman, Osvaldo Salas, who lived with his family in the Bronx and made a living as a photographer.
Four years later, when the revolution had become the Revolution, Mr. Castro sent a message to Salas: "Tell him to come back, we need him." Salas went, and with his son, Roberto, 18, documented the unfolding Cuban saga for 23 years. Osvaldo, who died in 1992, became the chief of the photo department of the newspaper Revolución, while Roberto was one of Mr. Castro's personal photographers.
Now Roberto Salas is back in town (he can travel here at will because he kept his American citizenship) for an exhibition of 40 to 50 pictures from the father-and-son archives, at the Cuban Art Space in Chelsea, through June 30. The Sierra Maestra mountain hideouts, Che Guevara, Raul Castro, Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro playing baseball, laborers in a sugarcane field, the Bay of Pigs - it's all there in black and white.
One recent morning Mr. Salas, who is now 65 and silver-haired, sat down with a group of pictures and downloaded some of his memories.