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On January 2, 2005, I explored the Shouk, the traditional Arab shopping mall inside the walled City of Jerusalem. After passing textile stands, butcher shops, pharmacies and jewelry stores, we saw three T-shirt stalls, almost next to each other. In these stores, I saw only two personality shirts---Jesus and Che. No rock stars. No Arafat. Nobody else. Nearly 40 years after his death, Che endures..
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Che is an omen. I used a 1960 Leica M-2 rangefinder camera. A pure camera---no batteries, no electronics, no computers. Korda used a Leica M-2 to shoot his iconic picture of Che---the most published photograph ever taken. I used Ilford HP-5 film, speed 400, black and white film and a Gossen Luna Pro analog light meter.
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Nothing beats black and white silver photographs. Not color. Not digital. Think film noir. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Dark Passage (1947). Drama, impact, intensity. 

Black and white analog photography is the retrorevolution. In Vancouver, Washington, it has become the underground medium for high school photography students.

Forty years from now, black and white photography will still be here, proclaiming in the words of Che, "Hasta la victoria siempre." (Forever onward to victory!)

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