Icons, Martyrs, and Charismatic Leaders
No region of the world has produced more celebrated images of visionary political leaders and heroic martyrs than Latin America. The 1960 photography by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda of Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1928-1967), the idealistic revolutionary leader, has been adapted for poster design in Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, the United States and Venezuela.
Many other martyrs from Latin America have been widely portrayed as icons of social and political transformation and as spear-bearers for national independence. Mexico’s Zapata, Nicaragua’s Sandino and Chile’s Allende reach out from posters plastered on public walls.