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February 20, 2008

Fidel: The Poster


With all the Castro imagery flooding the net, I was most interested in this collage circulated by AFP.

As much as the White House and the presidential candidates want to infuse the retirement with political weight, this story is mostly about  mortality and the exit of a political rock star.

Why else would four whole rows here be devoted to emphasizing his very early days, with the last row framing Fidel as such a historical artifact that he barely made it to the “color era?”

Castro (Notes On Politics, Theory and Photography)

Castro retires (Chris Bertram/Crooked Timber)

Castro and the Colossus (Robert Sheer/HuffPost)

(images: AFP)

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