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Che Guevara’s Face: How a Cuban Photographer’s Image Became a Cultural Icon
Che Guevara’s Face: How a Cuban Photographer’s Image Became a Cultural Icon
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Che Guevara's Face: How a Cuban Photographer's Image Became a Cultural Icon

What has been called the most famous photograph in the world, and a symbol of the 20th century, began as a spur of the moment snapshot by a Cuban photographer. Alberto Korda transformed a simple photo into a world famous portrait of a larger than life revolutionary. Korda's 1960 photo of Che Guevara's defiant face has traveled the world in many forms. It shows up wherever people struggle for freedom and human rights. And in the 21st century, the controversial photo continues to inspire, entertain, and even infuriate.

PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-15 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-7
SubjectHobbies & Crafts
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64



VOYA - Jim Nicosia

"STARRED REVIEW! Capstone’s Captured History series of middle-grade picture books proceeds from the belief that a photograph can change the world. To that end, it has inaugurated its series with exquisite and insightful texts focused on the most iconic photographs in history. . . .each book succinctly takes a measured approach to understanding the visual imagery, historical context, and complex sociopolitical climate within which a photograph thrives. Even adults long-since familiar with the images will find much to learn and appreciate in this impressive collection. . . .these brief texts will ignite interest and perhaps prompt more research. As such, these books should be in every progressive middle school in the nation." - VOYA

December 1, 2016

Booklist - Ilene Cooper

"STARRED REVIEW! The books in the series are handsomely designed and visually do their subjects justice. The fact-filled texts are inviting but never talk down to the audience. Mark this series as a great way to discuss history, photography, and the way both shape public perception." - Booklist

February 1, 2017

Booklist - Ilene Cooper

"Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth 2017! Using an iconic photograph to introduce Guevara, this book also looks at Cuban history, the country’s tangled relationship with the U.S., and, finally, the image itself. A handsome, fact-filled offering." - Booklist

February 1, 2017

Danielle Smith-Llera

Danielle Smith-Llera

Danielle Smith-Llera’s former life as a teacher led her to write books for young people. She has taught literature, writing, history, and visual arts to students ranging from elementary school to college. Danielle studied English and Visual Arts at Harvard University and exhibits her artwork internationally. As the spouse of a diplomat, she and her family have lived in Washington D.C., New Delhi, India and Kingston, Jamaica.

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