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February 17, 2011

Irish artist seeks royalties for iconic Ché Guevara image.

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The Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick has launched a campaign to legally retrieve all royalties for his iconic picture of Ché Guevara Lynch.

The picture, found on coffee cups, t-shirts and cigarette lighters all over the world is based on a photograph by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda. Korda also never recieved any royalties for his picture, which The Maryland Institute of Art called;  “the most famous photograph in the world and a symbol of the 20th century”

“The various posters of Ché I produced were based on a photograph by a then unknown Cuban photographer plus the fact that I had met him, idolised him, and of course wanted to make sure he was never forgotten. I made all the Guevara images copyright free. That’s how it spread everywhere so quickly.” Says Fitzpatrick on his website

Jim Fitzpatrick, who is mostly known in Ireland for his work on the Irish band Thin Lizzy‘s album artwork, says he wants the royalties for his iconic painting to pay for humanitarian work in Guevara’s adopted country Cuba.

“If some good can come of that through future money raised for hospitals and the likes, then I will be very happy indeed,” said Fitzpatrick.

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