Photograph by Alex Harris

Rebel soldier: One of the many extras from Campeche playing a guerrilla fighter in Che’s army. For my book, The Idea of Cuba, I photographed young Cuban women who had become Jineteras, or prostitutes, to survive financially during the “special period” and waning days of Fidel’s rule. On the set of Che I was particularly interested in photographing ordinary Mexican women playing Cuban rebels and townspeople, to have a sense of young Cuban women living through a very different moment in history.

  1. Extras from Campeche, Mexico who play rebel soldiers fighting with Che Guevara in the battle of  Santa Clara.  At the end of each day on set, extras gathered to turn in their rifles and other gear – and to relax. Photograph by Alex Harris
  2. An extra from the Mexican town of Campeche plays a rebel soldier for Steven Soderbergh's CHE.  Photograph by Alex Harris.
  3. Othello Rensoli plays Pombo. Rensoli is awaiting his next scene while other actors playing rebel soldiers practice their assault on Batista’s forces holding the town square. In real life, Pombo also fought with Che to create a revolution in Bolivia in