New castro picture band: youth years of a revolution

Revolutionar in black socks: the cigar stub in the left hand hangs fidel castro leased in the rocking chair on the terrace, the shoes, a few slippers, far in front of him on the floor. Three meters further sits his tight familiar celia sanchez (1920-1980) completely in their notes on a bamboo sofa. Everyday life at isla de pinos in front of the sudwestkuste cubas in 1965.

New Castro picture band: youth years of a revolution

Lee lockwood. Castros cuba. An american in cuba. Reports from the years 1959-1969 lee lockwood, saul landau hardcover, 25.5 x 34 cm, 368 pages € 49,99

The scene of the american photojournalist lee lockwood (1932-2010), who came to the cuban revolutionant half a century ago as hardly any other western reporter before and after him. He was there when castros camphor in 1959 in havana, then returned to the island several times and was able to interview in 1965 with the "maximo lider" to lead. In 1967 he published a book, which now – with more than 200 unavailable photos – new in german exists.

Under the title castros cuba has the pocket verlag lockwoods classic castro’s cuba – cuba’s fidel related as a magnificent picture band. He leads to the youth years of the cuban revolution. Lockwood was struck at that time to give its compatriots in the us in the middle of the cold war a realistic picture of the socialist caribbean island.

He praises the social improvements, which brought the revolution of landbowecker and confesses to his "fascination for the auzuerhonthen person fidel castro". At the same time, he complains the censorship and the vacuum of every criticism, the displacement of the middle class as well "chaos and mismanagement". He recommends his government, the revolution as "fait accompli" to accept and adjust your efforts to stimulate the castro regime. Finally, the rough majority of the population is behind castro.

New Castro picture band: youth years of a revolution

We support fidel, "26th of july, revolution square, havana, 1959

Apparently, the cuban head of government quickly grabbed the north american, because he was allowed to accompany him across his tour through the island. Lockwood has painted him as he discussed with farmers about the pension and like him an old woman the beard krault. On other pictures you can see castro at the wheel of a motor yacht, with pingpong games, on the hunt or at a three-year dominomarathon with comrades.

Lockwood illustrates the cuban everyday life of the 60s in the city and land, and he shows the cheering masses after the victory of the revolutionaries over the dictator fulgencio batista 1959. But he is also allowed to speak with political prisoners, of which it at that time about 20.000 on cuba gave. "I was the first journalist at all who visit the prisoners and rehabilitation centers, photograph and speak with the prisoners", write lockwood.

New Castro picture band: youth years of a revolution

Isle of pines, 1965 "days, when she’s [celia sanchez] what not away on some commission for fidel, she would sit on the veranda, her feet tucked under, making careful architectural drawings in an artist’s sketchbook for a new restaurant and recreation area that she what designing, to be built near varadero."-lee lockwood

You also see castro as a speaker at mass events, but that’s well-known pose. Unusual, however, the recordings, the castro and the swiss ambassador emil stadelhofer spadnacht at the table of a pizzeria 1965 in negotiations on a planned airbrucke for exit from cuban in the usa show.

To accommodate the many photos, the publisher lockwoods clearly procured the original text. Unfortunately, the text was also pretty small printed, which makes reading in the three kilos of heavy picture band something. The castro interview includes 75 pages alone, barely a topic will be recessed.

Lockwood has no longer experienced the completion of the band. After his death 2010, the author saul landau (1936-2013) wrote the forward and afterword. He complains that castros cuba becomes a "dysfunctional society" developed where "a seriously umawed party footing" values preachers who do not live themselves.

New Castro picture band: youth years of a revolution

"Fidel, cuba’s no. 1, nonstop orator, "santiago de cuba, cuba’s second largest city, 1967

Fidel castro has given the power to his younger brother raúl in 2006 after a serious illness, which drive a course careful economic reforms. 50 years after lockwood’s interview, washington and havana finished their ice age and recovered diplomatic relations again in 2015. At the power monopoly of the communists, however, the younger castro brother does not struggle, opposition and free press remain prohibited. Already lockwood warned how censorship as a state instrument quickly becomes fast-standing. One wonders why his smart book did not appear in german.