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Essay by Curator, Trisha Ziff

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Guerrillero Heroico: a Brief History (PDF File, 52KB)

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Select Bibliography

  • Anderson, Jon Lee. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life (New York, 1997)
  • Harris, Richard. Death of Revolutionary (New York, 1970)
  • Hodges, Donald. The Legacy of Che Guevara (London, 1977)
  • James, David. Che Guevara: a Biography (London, 1970)
  • Kunzle, David. Che Guevara: Icon, Myth and Message (Los Angeles, 1997)
  • Loviny, Christophe. Che: The Photobiography of Che Guevara (New York, 1998)
  • Sinclair, Andrew. Che Guevara (New York, 1970)

Cuban art, design and photography

  • Block, Holly. Art Cuba: The New Generation (New York, 2001)
  • Camnitzer, Luis. New Art of Cuba (Texas, 2003)
  • Cushing, Lincoln. ،Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art (San Francisco, 2003)
  • Loomis, John A. Revolution of Forms: Cuban Forgotten Art Schools (New York, 1998)
  • Mosquera, Gerardo. ‘The New Cuban Art’ in A. Erjavec, ed. Postmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2003)
  • Wride, Tim B. Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography After the Revolution (Los Angeles, 2001)

Che Guevara photography books

  • Rene Burri Photographs by Rene Burri (London: Phaidon 2004)

Select Filmography

  • Che!, 1969
    Directed by Richard Fleischer
    A Sy Bartlett-Richard Fleischer Production
    Starring Omar Sharif as Che and Jack Palance as Fidel Castro
    20th Century Fox
  • Ché, 1998
    Directed by Miguel Torres
  • El Che: Investigating a Legend, 1997
    Director Maurice Dugowson
    Produced by Cinéteve and Igeldo
    Communications, White Star
  • Fidel: A Showtime original mini-series, 2002
    Director David Attwood
    Starring Victor Huggo Martin as Fidel, Gael Garcia Bernal as Che
    Used with the kind permission of Joan Boorstein, Showtime Networks Inc.
  • KordaVision: A Cuban Revelation, 2004
    Executive Producer/writer/director Héctor Cruz Sandoval
  • The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004
    Directed by Walter Salles
    Starring Gael Garcia Bernal as Che


The V&A holds the national collections of both posters and of the art of photography. It has one of the largest and most important photography collections in the world. International in scope, examples range from the earliest photographs and commercial graphics to the most contemporary. Items from either collection can be seen by request free of charge in the Prints and Drawings Study Room, 020 7942 2563. Open Tuesday-Saturday, no appointment necessary