Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, died aged 90 on Friday November 25, 2016. Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots. He had been in power for 49 years, until he delegated his presidential duties to his brother Raul Castro in July 2006.
Magnum’s Burt Glinn captured the Cuban Revolution:
New Year’s Eve, 1958, 10 pm: Burt Glinn is at a black tie party in New York when he hears the news that dictator Fulgencio Batista has fled Cuba. By 7am the next morning he is in Havana in a cab, saying, “Take me to the revolution”.
Such photojournalistic fervour allowed Glinn to be in the middle of the action to capture the Cuban Revolution as it unfolded on the ground. As Glinn said, “I could get up as close as I wanted.” His photographs capture the revolutionary idealism, mayhem, and excitement of a pivotal moment in history.