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Revolution, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010

While touring one of Rio’s teeming favelas, I noticed what seemed to be revolutionary graffiti featuring a bearded man wearing a green beret with a red star. Perhaps it may be a crude rendering of the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, who died in 1967 but is still revered in much of Latin America. His stylized visage has become a common countercultural symbol around the world. I made this image because of the motorcycle juxtaposed in front of the graffiti. It bears a red helmet, echoing the red star on the beret. Guevara will always be associated with motorcycles – in his youth he travelled 5,000 miles across South America on one. That journey made him aware of social injustices, leading to his political adventures that followed.

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