Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka: Invasion, Exiles, Wall

Josef Koudelka: Invasion, Exiles, Wall

“When I left Czechoslovakia, I was discovering the world around me. What I needed most was to travel so that I could take photographs.” Josef Koudelka Prague, Wenceslas Square, August 22, 1968: An arm is thrust into the picture. The watch on its wrist indicates the time. In the days before, tanks of the Warsaw Pact had entered the city…
Josef Koudelka: Gypsies

Josef Koudelka: Gypsies

As the very last panel of ‘The official program of the Korea-France Year 2015-2016’, The Museum of Photography, Seoul organizes a solo exhibition of Czech-born French photographer, Josef Koudelka to celebrate the program’s closing. He is known best in both Korea and abroad for his black-and-white images of Europe’s itinerant Roma, or gypsies people. Another acclaimed series is Invasion 68…
Josef Koudelka. Vestiges 1991–2015

Josef Koudelka. Vestiges 1991–2015

Between 1991 and 2015, Josef Koudelka visited twenty countries bordering the Mediterranean, stopping at over two hundred Greek and Roman archaeological sites. This was an unprecedented exploration which has not yet been completed – Koudelka keeps visiting archaeological sites in Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and other Mediterranean countries – searching not for the documents of the…
Josef Koudelka: Exiles

Josef Koudelka: Exiles

About Exiles, Cornell Capa once wrote, “Koudelka’s unsentimental, stark, brooding, intensely human imagery reflects his own spirit, the very essence of an exile who is at home wherever his wandering body finds haven in the night. ” In this newly revised and expanded edition of the 1988 classic, which includes ten new images and a new commentary with Robert Delpire,…
Josef Koudelka – Invasion 68 Prague

Josef Koudelka – Invasion 68 Prague

In 1968, Josef Koudelka was a 30-year-old acclaimed theatre photographer who had never made pictures of a news event. That all changed on the night of August 21, when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending the short-lived political liberalization in Czechoslovakia that came to be known as Prague Spring. In the midst of the turmoil of the…
Biography: Josef Koudelka

Biography: Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka (born January 10, 1938) is a Czech photographer. He was trained at the Technical University in Prague and worked as an aeronautical engineer in Prague and Bratislava from 1961-67. He had been able to obtain an old Rolleiflex and in 1961, while working as a theater photographer in Prague, he also started a detailed study of the gypsies…