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Lee Lockwood

The real Fidel This is a telling portrait of Cuba and its enigmatic leader. In December of 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 his subject. In the following decade, Lockwood returned to Cuba a dozen times. Early on Castro began to trust him as a fair-minded and balanced reporter, and granted him access not just to photograph him, but also to conduct a marathon seven-day interview in 1965 that remains to this day one of the most penetrating portraits of the Cuban leader. The interview, together with Lockwood's own writings and photographs, were published in the 1967 book "Castro's Cuba, Cuba's Fidel", a book so radical in its message, that Franco banned it in Spain. This new edition, which brings that long out-of-print book back to life, features a large number of never-before-published color photographs, including intimate scenes from the weeks Lockwood spent travelling with Castro, from military encampments in the Sierra Maestra Mountains to the Jefe's compound on the Isle of Pines. TASCHEN's new edition also includes expanded coverage of Cuba in the '60s - people at work in fields and factories, at play in Havana's dance halls and streets, and at political rallies and marches. Also included is an audio CD with excerpts from the Castro-Lockwood interviews, edited from the original reel-to-reel recordings.
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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, is an American scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues, whose forty-plus films include the documentary Fidel! (1968). Landau is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Pomona, and a senior Fellow at and Vice Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies.


"A candid piece of work that's testimony to the unparalleled access Lockwood secured." "...a superb photographic portrait of Fidel Castro in his youthful pomp." "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." "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."

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