Korda, The Work of an ESTATE
By Reinaldo Almira Naranjo
Cuban photographer Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, better known as Alberto Korda or simply Korda, died on May 25, 2001 at the age of 72 in the city of Paris.
For many years, his famous photograph of Che Guevara (taken March 5, 1960) who after his murder in Bolivia became revered and venerated, circulated around the world.
The image, later named Guerrillero Heróico (Heroic Guerilla Fighter), considered to be the most reproduced picture in the history of photography, became Korda's best known piece. Unfortunately, in a fate also suffered by other important photographers, it also became the stigma that overshadowed the rest of his work.
From August 2002, the Alberto Korda Estate executed by his daughter Diana Díaz López took on the task of researching, recuperating, collecting and promoting all of the Cuban photographer's preserved and available works, as a legacy of high artistic and historic value.
The fact that Alberto Korda's work is internationally recognized today is largely due to the effort and commitment of the Estate. The dissemination of his work would not have been possible without the collaboration and support of many people, friends, photographers, researchers, curators and critics, as well as different institutions, both national and international. All of these contributors made it possible to hold more than 30 personal exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions involving the artist over the last fourteen years.
We hope that the Estate of Alberto Korda continues its important work and that every exhibition serves to reaffirm Korda as a cardinal figure in the history of Cuban art