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The image of the Argentine-born guerrilla gazing sternly into the distance, long hair tucked into a beret with a single star, has been an enduring 20th century pop icon.
This combo image shows paintings, inspired by the famous photograph of late revolutionary hero Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, done by different Cuban artists. The image, captured by Cuban photographer Alberto ‘Korda’ Diaz in 1960, fired the imagination of rioting Parisian students in May 1968 and became a symbol of idealistic revolt for a generation.
The picture – taken by a Cuban photographer in 1960 and printed on posters by an Italian publisher after Guevara’s execution in Bolivia seven years later – fired the imagination of rioting Parisian students in May 1968 and became a symbol of idealistic revolt for a generation.
But as well as being one of the world’s most reproduced, the image has become one of its most merchandised. And Guevara’s family is launching an effort to stop it. They plan to file lawsuits abroad against companies that they believe are exploiting the image and say lawyers in a number of countries have offered assistance.
“We have a plan to deal with the misuse,” Guevara’s Cuban widow Aleida March said in an interview.