The real Fidel: A unique and telling portrait of Cuba and its enigmatic leader
“Holds many surprises for the reader who has seen the Cuban reality...only through the distorting prism of propaganda.”—The New York Times Book Review, 1967
On December 31, 1958, Lee Lockwood, then a young photojournalist, went to Cuba to cover what looked to be the end of Batista’s regime. He arrived the day before Fidel Castro took power and spent a week canvassing the island before finally coming into contact with the victorious leader. Castro immediately took to Lockwood and over the next decade invited him back many times, granting him special access to his inner circle and free reign to explore the island without the usual restrictions imposed upon American journalists.
In 1965 Castro granted Lockwood a rare, in-depth interview but then to missed appointment after appointment. Days turned into weeks turned into three interminable months, as Lockwood, like many journalists before and since, waited for Castro. But it was worth the anticipation, climaxing in a marathon seven-day interview that covered everything from racial issues in America to the Cuban Missile Crisis. It remains to this day one of the most penetrating portraits of the Cuban leader.
Originally published in 1967, Lockwood’s interviews and observations are now republished by TASCHEN alongside hundreds of photographs covering both the weeks Lockwood spent traveling with Castro and the years he documented Cuba’s transformation throughout the ‘60s. From military encampments in the Sierra Maestra Mountains to Havana street life and political rallies, many of these color images have never been published before. A foreword and afterword by Latin America expert Saul Landau contextualize Lockwood’s work at a moment in history when U.S.-Cuba relations once again take center stage.
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Lee Lockwood (1932–2010) was an American photojournalist for publications including Life, Newsweek, The London Times, Bunte Illustrierte, and Jours de France. Best known for his award-winning work on Fidel Castro and North Vietnam, he also covered the peace and civil rights movements in the U.S. and was a founder of the Center for Cuban Studies in New York.
Saul Landau was Professor Emeritus at California State University, Pomona, and a senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. An author, commentator, and filmmaker, his films include the 1968 documentary Fidel!.
“...a superb photographic portrait of Fidel Castro in his youthful pomp.” (Tatler, London)
“A candid piece of work that’s testimony to the unparalleled access Lockwood secured.” (vanityfair.co.uk)
“Lockwood detailed the fascinating transition of the country as Castro’s forces swept away the old order of corruption dancing to the tune of the mighty American dollar. The images show a Cuba frozen in time: crowds celebrating on the streets of Havana; Castro relaxing on a veranda with friends. Lockwood’s photos reflect this sense of hope and triumph before decades of US sanctions took their toll. ... the value of images such as these will be to serve as testimony to the fact that, for a few decades, and regardless of how successful it was, a nation dared to dream of a better world.” (BBC Arts)
”Seen out of context, the photographs run the risk of romanticizing the communist leader, in the vein of Che Guevara posters in American college dorm rooms. But alongside Lockwood’s writings and photographs... this hefty reprint offers a new generation a fuller look at the history of the ‘forbidden island’ before its doors began to reopen.” (Hyperallergic.com)
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Book Description Taschen, Köln, 2016. Book Condition: NEW. Köln: Taschen, 2016 9783836529983 809 366 p. : ill. col. b/n, fotografie ; 24 cm. Il 31 dicembre 1958, Lee Lockwood, all'epoca un giovane fotoreporter, si recò a Cuba per seguire quella che sembrava la fine del regime di Bautista. Arrivò il giorno prima che Fidel Castro prendesse il potere e trascorse una settimana a fare domande in giro per l'isola prima di riuscire finalmente a entrare in contatto con il leader vittorioso. Fin da subito Castro prese Lockwood in simpatia e nei successivi dieci anni lo invitò più volte a Cuba, consentendogli di frequentare la sua ristretta cerchia di collaboratori e di esplorare l'isola liberamente senza dover sottostare alle consuete restrizioni imposte ai giornalisti americani. Nel 1965, Castro accettò di rilasciare a Lockwood una dettagliata intervista in esclusiva, ma poi, appuntamento dopo appuntamento, non si presentò. I giorni divennero settimane, e dopo tre interminabili mesi Lockwood, così come tanti altri giornalisti prima e dopo di lui, era ancora in attesa di ricevere notizie da Castro. Ma ne valse la pena: tutta quell'attesa sfociò in un'intervista fiume durata sette giorni in cui i due parlarono di tutto, dalle questioni razziali negli Stati Uniti alla crisi dei missili di Cuba, e ancora oggi resta uno dei ritratti più penetranti del leader cubano. L'intervista di Lockwood e le sue osservazioni sono oggi ripubblicate insieme a centinaia di fotografie tra scatti realizzati dal fotoreporter nelle settimane di viaggio con Castro e immagini di Cuba negli anni Sessanta. Bookseller Inventory # D0398052857
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