Masters of Photography

Lesson 16 of 25

The Iconic Portrait of Che Guevara

 

Masters of Photography

Lesson 16 of 25

The Iconic Portrait of Che Guevara

 

Lesson Info

The Iconic Portrait of Che Guevara

(gentle music) I'm here at the home of Diana Diaz, the daughter of Alberto Korda. He made one of the great photographs of all time of Che Guevara. It's a photograph which everybody knows, it's probably as popular and well recognized as the Mona Lisa. It's a very simple photograph, but there's something about it that people connect to. It's hard to put your finger on it, but there's a power to that portrait and to the romanticism and this kind of heroic revolutionary which has kinda resonated with people since it was made back in the 1960s. And the most amazing thing is that Korda only made two exposures. You know people are always asking me how many pictures did it take to make that picture, or that picture. Well he took two exposures to make this iconic photograph, there was a horizontal and a vertical. The picture that ended up being the iconic one was the horizontal and they kinda clipped off a little bit on the right and a little bit on the left, they cropped it, and this is what...

we have now. There was so much more to Korda's career than just that one portrait of Che Guevara. Before the revolution he had been a portrait photographer, fashion photographer, he had an incredible body of work leading up to the Cuban Revolution. I think one of the lessons that we can learn from looking at Korda's photographs is that he was an extremely hard-working photographer. He was an accomplished fashion photographer and on top of that, he made one of the most powerful portraits in the history of photography.

Class Description

Steve McCurry has been one of the most important voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. Masters of Photography is bringing Steve’s class to CreativeLive to share the learnings from his iconic career. Steve will teach how to:

  • Find a subject to photograph
  • How to shoot in all types of weather condition
  • Understand the light at different times of day
  • Improve your compositional skills
  • Blend into the environment so that you can capture impactful street images
  • Use his 8 key tips in order to capture the best portraits

Watch and learn with Steve as you accompany him through the fishing villages of Portugal and in the vibrant streets of Havana. See for yourself how he creates images, as he shares ideas and experiences, and explains how to make great photographs. Steve will also suggest some projects for you to try for yourself.

You can use any device from camera phone to DSLR...it’s all about the image and storytelling.

Reviews

Adriana L-G
 

For me this is not a class, is more the photographer talking about his photos and his experience. It is a little repetitive but I enjoyed. From Masters of Photography I loved Joel Meyerowitz's class and I recommend it strongly. In case you need to choose.