Koudelka by Josef Koudelka. First edition (2006). First impression large format hardback in fine condition. Some shelf wear. Some scuffing to dust jacket (near fine condition). Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Stark, impassioned and singularly intense, Josef Koudelka’s work has received deserved acclaim over the past three decades as a uniquely significant contribution to the language of photography. So, Koudelka is the first book to present over 150 of his most eloquent images in a single volume, from his earliest images – published here for the first time – to his most recent panoramic landscape studies.
Whether photographing avant-garde theatre, gypsies throughout Eastern Europe, resistance to Soviet guns and tanks advancing on Prague, or the environmental degradation of a post-industrial world, Koudelka has consistently produced images that provoke a connection to the larger questions of human existence. As John Szarkowski comments in the opening pages of Koudelka’s first monograph, Gypsies, his pictures ‘seem to concern themselves with prototypical rituals, and a theatre of ancient and unchangeable fables… Perhaps they describe not the small and cherished differences that distinguish each of us from all others, but the prevailing circumstance that encloses us.’
About The Artist
He is a Czech-born French itinerant photographer. Firstly, he is known for his seminal photo-books about the gypsies in Eastern Europe, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. As well as the Black Triangle, a region of environmental devastation. Consequently, the black and white images in these photo-books represent key moments in human history. Henceforth they afford us the opportunity to learn from the experiences of alienation, conflict, despair, waste, loss, and departure. Furthermore, he uses photography to distil and visualize human values that have shaped our current human condition.
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