You don’t take pictures; the good ones happen to you.
Born: 01/01/1234 in Havana, Cuba
Bio: Ernesto Fernandez trained under the tutelage of several established photographers during the 1950s in Havana. He is one of the four great photographers of the Revolutionary period of Cuba. Alongside Korda, Salas and Corrales, Fernandez documented the heady days of the Triumph of the Revolution and continued to photograph Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other leading lights of the new system, including some wonderfully intimate studies of Alicia Alonso, Cuba’s greatest ballerina. After Fidel Castro’s regime was installed in 1959 he worked for the newspaper Revolucion and during his time as a journalist covered conflicts including the Bay of Pigs invasion and wars in Angola and Nicaragua. He was also a founding member of Cuba’s Union of Artists and Writers in 1961 (UNEAC). Ernesto Fernandez continues to photograph Cuba and to teach a new generation of artists.