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In "Havana: The Revolutionary Moment", Burt Glinn describes the combination of chutzpah and journalistic prescience that led him to leave a New York party and hop a plane to Havana, arriving just after dawn on New Year's Day, 1959.
He came in search of a revolution, and what he found there is one of the most revealing accounts of Fidel Castro and Cuba ever recorded. Glinn was able to grasp that, far more than bearing witness to some interesting news event, he found himself in the very midst of history in-the-making, at a moment of serious radical change.
His images of Castro thronged by his countrymen and women as he stopped to encourage them along the road to Havana, of troops embracing, and of fierce men and women alike taking up arms in the streets are full of the fervor, hope and idealism that characterized a very defining moment in Cuban history.
[Havanna is] both visual testimony and sensitive poetic for one of the truly pivotal twentieth-century events in the Americas.
- Tim Wride
Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art