This Powerful Document Of The Spiritual And Physical State Of Exile Now Contains New Images By Master Of Photography Josef Koudelka The Sense Of Mystery That Fills These Photographs Mostly Taken During Koudelka S Years Of Wandering Through Europe And The United States Since Leaving His Native Czechoslovakia Speaks Of Passion And Reserve, Of His Rage To See The Brilliant Accompanying Essay By Robert Delpire Invokes The Soul Of Man In Search Of A Spiritual Homeland It Speaks With A Remarkable And Unforgettable Dignity Super essay by Czeslaw Milosz in the introduction here, but overall I enjoyed Koudelka s Exiles less than his earlier, earthier, work on the Gypsies in Slovakia Exiles seems a little too arty at times The earlier Gypsies is also experimental and revolutionary in its own way, but seems natural and engaged, less interested in making a statement about art than a statement about people.Whereas the young Koudelka personally got to know the Romani, visiting them in their forced settlements over the course of several years, his work in Exiles seems distant Undoubtedly, this is a mark of Koudelka s own experience after he fled Prague in the wake of the 1968 Revolution and wandered over Western Europe For all that, it struck me less, and while technically accomplished, conceptually seems scattered and less compelling than Gypsies His photos of the Romani were rich because they grew out of extended observation of one group of people.Fortunately, neither of these books is dry photojournalism or blas news reportage Koudelka s universal reach beyond the surface of things toward the soul underneath is masterful, but I was drawn into his smaller project in Gypsies. My favorite living photographer, and my favorite photographic book I had this out of the library almost constantly when I was a student Odd, because his work is so different to what mine was at the time.
Josef Koudelka was born in 1938 in Boskovice, Moravia He began photographing his family and the surroundings with a 6 x 6 Bakelite camera He studied at the Czech Technical University in Prague CVUT between 1956 and 1961, receiving a Degree in Engineering in 1961 He staged his first photographic exhibition the same year Later he worked as an aeronautical engineer in Prague and Bratislava.
- 156 pages
- The Exiles
- Josef Koudelka
- 07 February 2019 Josef Koudelka