No, its not MY photo thats the most famous photograph in the world...i wish!
Its the photograph of Che Guevara in the bg to the left, taken on March 5, 1960.
Its impossible to walk anywhere in Cuba without seeing this photograph, or at least others similar to it.
Che Guevara is a Cuban Icon. He was a Marxist Revolutionary, a physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat,a military theorist, played a major role in the Cuban Revolution, he also was the driving force of successful Nationwide Literacy campaign. I could go on and on listing his achievements, but i'll take up a few pages.
TIME Magazine also named him one of the world's most influential people of the 20th Century. And that photo you see in the bg is actually one of the world's most famous photo's of people.
Amazing how some achieve so much, and he lived to the young age of only 39, as he was executed. Reading his bio, I suddenly feel the urge to get out there and do a little bit more than I usually do today
As for my not so famous photograph here, I bravely approached this man as he was having a drink at a local bar, he gladly approved :)
have a great TE Day everyone!
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jhm (135058) 2014-01-12 10:44
Che Guevara, one very popular man in Cuba, you took a very nice picture with this portrait of these man.
Great quality and wonderful subject.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
willperrett (5876) 2014-01-12 11:03
I suppose your photograph is unlikely to gain similar iconic status, but who knows? Actually I really like this environmental portrait in this shabby but characterful bar. In true Marxist spirit, the original photographer, Alberto Korda, never claimed payment for the image, and never received any royalties, despite its being, as you say, one of the most reproduced images of all time.
Schnappilic (9686) 2014-01-12 11:44
I know the story of that famous portrait of Che Guevara. Very good portrait of that man in a good soft light. Congratulations for your result!
worldcitizen (6473) 2014-01-12 18:24
Hello again Craig,
Che may be more famous, but the man in your photo is certainly photogenic. I like his casual pose, with the cigarette in his hand, and the pen tucked into his shirt. He has an easygoing smile, and seems to blend in perfectly with his surroundings. This photo pulls me in...
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2014-01-12 18:38
Hi dear Craig, how are you here?
Ya I kone him very well and study in the world history.
Great combination as usual, so nice portrate + snap image via gerat sharp and clear presentation. The men's face exp@ression is quite natural and very ideal.
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
jcpix (11416) 2014-01-12 19:50
Hmmm, it's déjà vu all over again! (Hope you enjoyed that baseball reference. :))
If only the Mona Lisa, Afghan Girl, and perhaps Vincent van Gogh were also hanging on the wall, you would indeed have the worlds most famous photograph! lol
Love this shot as an original Macjake though, it's casual and as real as it gets! Would have been interesting regardless, but this guys smile just brightens up the entire image. I'm curious, did you ask him what the pen in his shirt is for....is he in fact a famous individual and needs it handy to sign autographs? :)
Kudos for working to get the "people pictures," you've done a wonderful job taking and presenting the Cuban side of life. Enjoy the new week.
Cheers from the desert,
jjcordier (73194) 2014-01-12 23:17
Je pense que ton "modèle" du jour ne serait pas mécontent d'afficher la photo que tu as faite de lui à côté de celle du Che! Très bon portrait "en situation" de ce cubain au sourire qui doit en faire craquer plus d'une!
emka (73115) 2014-01-12 23:48
hello Craig, Che is very famous but I find this guy much more attractive, even with cigarette :). and he is well aware of this, maybe seeing Tosca he has such as nonchalant pose. of course, who doesn't know this famous photo but I haven't realized it is number one. Che achieved a lot but what was his end. probably you saw The Motorcycle Diaries, I liked this movie very much and how wonderful man he was in his young days. worth seeing also for landscapes of South America.
WArm regrads MAlgo
delpeoples (52445) 2014-01-13 0:52
This is such an un-Craig photo it has me fascinated and I love it and the fact that you're moving outside your comfort zone. The guy is a real character. Love the ciggie in his hand and that half-embarrassed half-proud look on his face. And of course Che in the background that completes the title and brings the photo together. Nice work!
snunney (79491) 2014-01-13 2:28
A great capture of this moustachioed man and his idol. The shot is well composed with him looking off camera or perhaps a pretty girl is passing by? He certainly seems very happy about something. Excellent technical presentation.
holmertz (37011) 2014-01-13 4:09
A good portrait from an interesting place. He poses quite well in a very relaxed way, not obviously caring too much about your camera. Personally I am more interested in the decorations on the wall, the red tablecloth, the green wall in the background etc.
Nicou (116170) 2014-01-13 4:33
Tout souriant cet homme avec la cigarette dans la main le stylo dans le marcel quelle portrait sueprbe attitude et cpatage auvif, splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (20694) 2014-01-13 5:30
Iconic is the word, it doesn't get more iconic that that!
I only learned recently, that the famous drawing of Che was actually created by an Irishman called Jim Fitzpatrick. Apparently, there are Cuban - Irish connections. recently, it was considered to erect a statue of Che Guavara in a town square in Galway, but plans were abandoned after a massive outcry from a number of American politicians! If you google Che Guavara statue Galway, you'll find many links to prominent US sites talking about it, and how it could jeopardize the US - Ireland relations. What a mad world!
You have a really excellent scene here, the famous picture and the man of the place combine together so well here, to give a very interesting documentary shot from this unique country. Your composition is perfect two, with both subjects on thirds making it even more appealing.
I know you mentioned in one of your first posts from Cuba how friendly the people are, and the more images you post, the more that comes across. Wonderful work again.
Thanks as always
abmdsudi (39482) 2014-01-13 9:07
Thks for sharing this great shot and narratives. You wont be supprise to find that I have taken a shot of iconic fig pasted on a truck in Muang Sing remote town, Laos near the Chinese border. Please enjoy the wshop photo, TFS
Ps: tx for hi-lighting about the horizontal line - much appreciated
Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-13 9:13
La Cuba più autentica e rappresentativa!
Non solo il personaggio ha i caratteriri fisici del cubano e in lui si osserva l'allegria che caratterizza questa popolazione, ma la presenza del Che che osserva dalla parete, la foto di una vecchia auto americana, i mobili e le stesse pareti consunte fanno capire immediatamente dove hai scattato la foto.
Per me questa è la foto simbolo del tuo bel viaggio, una sintesi perfetta dell'Isola di Cuba e della sua capitale.
Complimenti anche per la perfezione della ripresa oltre che per il soggetto.
Ciao e buona serata
trevormoffiet (2402) 2014-01-13 17:32
A good portrait of this smiling Cuban with Che in the background. With a change to a blue singlet and some of the giveaway detail in the background you could mistake this bloke for an Australian in an outback pub.
fabbs99 (15681) 2014-01-13 23:33
Superb presentation of the colgate smile.Tight framing and excellent contrast. Nice warm colors .TFS.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-01-14 1:17
not yet:)it´s the answer for the first sentence from your note:)
who knows-maybe someday he will become also a famous revolutionary.
But now more seriously-really great portrait photo.
Well composed,framed and what´s equally important excellently timed.
Cricri (101189) 2014-01-15 4:03
Quand j'était adolescente, j'avais un grand poster du Che au dessus de mon lit, j'aimai son coté révolutionnaire, je l'était aussi bien sur a ma façon, pendant quelques années, mes parents en ont vu de toutes les couleurs :-)))
Beau portrait de ce bel homme très cool aux joli sourire, un intérieur simple, je remarque que dans cette région de la Havane , c'est assez pauvre en architecture !!
Sonata11 (33151) 2014-01-15 20:51
Hello Craig, I wish too, hehehe. Very interesting composition and impressive information. I like it a lot. Great job and tfs with it. All the best, Barbara
Hansaphotos (6415) 2014-01-16 12:51
Wow! Great portrait. Isn`t it great when scenes like this just pops up right in front of you. Splendid details, and the whole scene looks as if it was a scene from the movie the Motorcycle Diaries (as Malgo also mention). Great work!
ikeharel (52181) 2014-01-25 2:42
Taken me a few days to decide what to write about this one, not an easy chice, unless I'd want to tell you how beautiful this is and nice taken moment, and else...
But, I found a curious notiin to do, I might suggest a new title to this: "Smiling with Che".
Reason: it'd be in good contrast to the always serious Che's face expression, and the smiling guy is an evidence that people can be happy after the revolution Che envisioned.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
nikkitta (13220) 2014-01-28 12:21
So admiring an ARGENTINIAN diplomat? more a person that lost his way ( he was a doctor) and end killing people and helping to stablish one of the last comunist countries of the world, having being there you know how life is over there, not books, Gamma has only two pages, and so ,and so
The cuban guy is very kind with an inviting smile and a cigaret, not the very exoensive "habanos" , a true cuban person
adores (34348) 2014-01-29 16:10
A good portrat for sure! I like his pose holding the cigarette, the pen and all that simple and very typical background. I can see several nice photos on the wall but Che really situates us.
mjw364 (6998) 2014-02-07 6:29
Well yes - one of my heroes! not the guy but Che! Have you watched or read The Motorcycle diaries about his life? It's good. Check it out.
Now, I think your photograph MAY become famous for making Che Guevara appear slightly camp since that guy looks like he would be more at home in NYC's gay village! No wonder he had no problem posing for you!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (52014)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-08
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-12 9:54