January 19 – March 17, 2002
Havana: The Revolutionary Moment presents a unique collection of never-before-seen photographs by veteran Magnum photographer Burt Glinn, recording Fidel Castro¹s historic entry into Havana. In the introductory memoir, Glinn describes the combination of chutzpah and journalistic prescience that led him to leave a New York party and hop a plane to Havana on New Year¹s Eve, 1959. The photographs he returned with‹of Fidel 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 revolutionary fervor and idealistic anticipation that characterized that moment in Cuban history. The show opened to acclaim at the Fototeca de Cuba in Havana in January 2001 and has travelled to Madrid, London, Paris, Milan, and before returning to the United States to make its debut at the Griffin Center.
A member of the legendary Magnum photographic cooperative since the beginning of his career in 1950, Burt Glinn has served at different times as its president and chairman of the board. One of the original contributing editors of New York Magazine, he is a past president of the American Society of Media Photographers. Glinn was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and currently lives in New York.