Historic photograph of Fidel Castro at center of memorial

Posted at 9:04 AM, Nov 29, 2016


HAVANA (AP) -- It's said to be one of Fidel Castro's favorite photographs of himself: a full-length, side view of the young revolutionary with uniform and backpack, looking out into the distance from eastern Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains.

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At Havana's Jose Marti Memorial, thousands of mourners filed by the portrait by the late Cuban photographer Alberto Korda (1928-2001) as they paid their respects to Castro, who died Friday. The black-and-white image was also displayed prominently elsewhere around the Cuban capital.

Korda took a number of well-known photographs of Castro, but he was probably best known for his image of Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, wearing a dark beret and a fixed stare.