Che Guevara is a controversial figure often associated with counterculture. His revolutionary ideology led him to fight and participate in conflicts after the successful Cuban Revolution until he was captured and killed in Bolivia. A man named Luis Cuartero, who was working as a missionary in Bolivia at the time of Guevara’s capture and execution, was given these astonishing images by French journalist Marc Hutten. Fearing the repercussions he could face for having the photos in his possession, Hutten gave them to Cuartero, who stored them in an attic for over forty-five years. Here are seven photos Hutten gave to Cuartero that show Guevara and other key figures after he was captured and killed.
After discovering Guevara’s location through a CIA informant, the Bolivian Army surrounded and captured him on October 8, 1967. Guevara was executed the next day by a Bolivian army sergeant, who wanted to make it appear as if Guevara had been killed while fighting the Bolivian Army.
A Crushed Revolution
In this image, Guevara's bullet-ridden body lies on a stretcher while being displayed for the media and armed forces. Lying beside Guevara are other soldiers who fought for the same cause but were not as well-known as he was. These photographs remained in Cuartero's attic for over forty-five years until his nephew made them public in 2014.