Magazine article New Internationalist

Southern Exposure

Magazine article New Internationalist

Southern Exposure

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'José Martí 1958'

Photographer Ernesto Fernandez documented the epic events in revolutionary Cuba during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Of this photo, he says:

'I was only 18 in 1958, working for a magazine in Havana. As I hadn't been to college I was only allowed to get one photo piece published each month. It was a terrible time, living under the Batista dictatorship - there was so much we could not publish for fear of reprisals. I was In the plaza that later became Revolution Square when I caught sight of the huge sculpture of the head of José Martí, our national symbol of independence. The eyes appeared to be blinded so as not to see what was being done to Cuba, so I quickly took two snaps. A soldier spotted me and asked what I was doing. Knowing the political power of the image, I replied that Marti seemed to be well looked after, and ran off. …

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