Havana, Cuba.- Almost a hundred little-known images fill the pages, carefully edited, of the book ”Che Guevara in the lens of Prensa Latina,” presented today here on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla”s birth.
Several photographers from Prensa Latina, an information agency he helped create in 1959, contributed to this volume with snapshots of Che in emblematic moments from the early years of the Cuban Revolution until his definitive departure from Cuba in 1965.
The journalist Edel Suárez Venegas, author of the book’s introduction, highlighted that the graphic records were safeguarded with extreme zeal by the curators of the Prensa Latina’s photographic library, which holds over four million copies on different subjects in its archives.
In addition to telling anecdotes about his frequent visits to the agency, he noted that the book contains images of Che along with the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as well as with many other personalities.
The Che figure, thus, in official acts, in visits to labor centers and meetings with the population, as well as in the different positions he held: Commander of the Revolution, Head of the Department of Industries of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform, minister of Industries and president of the National Bank.
There are photos of his meetings, for example, with leaders such as, Ahmed Sukarno, from Indonesia; Ahmed Ben Bella, from Algeria; Anastas Mikoyan, of the Soviet Union; and Jacobo Arbenz, from Guatemala.
Suarez stressed that the book contains images of Che’s passing through Cairo, capital of the then United Arab Republic, the ex Soviet Union, China, Uruguay and Brazil, his tour of several African nations and his participation in the UN General Assembly.
The president Ocean Press and Ocean Sur, David Deutschmann, highlighted the close collaboration that two Australian publishers have maintained for two decades with Prensa Latina, whose photographic archive, he said, is a real treasure.
In this regard, he announced that in an international meeting scheduled for next January on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of ‘True Operation’, convened by Fidel Castro in 1959 to ensure that Latin America and the Caribbean had their own voice, a book will be presented on the information agency founded on June 16, 1959.
In addition to remembering the birth of Prensa Latina, which currently has 39 correspondents in 38 countries, participants in that event will discuss issues such as ‘The media in times of globalization’, ‘Risks and dangers of journalism of these times’ and ‘Access to information and communication technologies.’