Artist reveals hidden initial on Che artwork

  • 9 October 2007

The artist behind the iconic artwork which immortalised Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara in black, white and red has revealed a secret initial in the picture to identify the work as his own.

Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, who created the image from Alberto Korda’s photo in 1968, said he had hidden an F on Guevara’s shoulder.

He said: ‘I wanted the image to be as widely distributed as possible, but I wanted there to be a bit of me in there.

‘I made a couple of changes to Korda’s photograph, raising Che’s eyes more and adding my initial. I’m a bit mischievous. So I never told anyone.’

The picture has been used by global companies for advertising campaigns.

However, Mr Fitzpatrick has never claimed copyright, claiming it would go against Guevara’s ideals.

‘I love the picture and wherever I am in the world, if I see it, I take a photo of it. I always have a chuckle when I see that little ‘F’. I know that it’s mine.’

The secret F was revealed on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Guevara’s death.

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