Historic Castro photographer dies

2013-01-07 17:50
From left, Cuban leaders Fidel Castro and Raul Castro next to Spanish photographer Enrique Meneses in Cuba in December 1957. (File, Enrique Meneses, AFP)

From left, Cuban leaders Fidel Castro and Raul Castro next to Spanish photographer Enrique Meneses in Cuba in December 1957. (File, Enrique Meneses, AFP)

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Madrid - Enrique Meneses, the Spanish journalist who scored a historic scoop photographing Fidel Castro and his rebels in the Cuban mountains during their revolution, has died aged 83, his friends said on Monday.

Meneses's photographs of bearded Castro and Che Guevara in the Sierra Maestra - where he camped with them for four months in 1957 to 1958 - made the cover of Paris Match magazine and became images of reference for the uprising.

Meneses died on Sunday in Madrid's La Paz hospital after a long illness, his long-time friend Annick Duval told AFP.

In his seven-decade career, Meneses covered conflicts such as the Suez crisis and the Bosnian war as well as founding and editing magazines and broadcasts.

"He was an extraordinary photojournalist but he was not just a photojournalist. He was a great journalist in every sense," Duval said.

It was Meneses's photos of the young rebels, on horseback and smoking cigars between skirmishes in the Sierra Maestra, that made his mark on history, his friends said.

"The first photographs from there were his, and they went around the world," Duval said.

"He was the one who made Fidel Castro's revolution known."

- SAPA

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