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Introduction - Regarding Josef / Robert Delpire 1. In the Beginning - From the Semafor Theatre to Divaldo Magazine / Anna Farova 2. Experiments - Choosing the Essential / Pierre Soulages 3. Theatre - The Experience of Theatre / Otomar Krejca 4. Gypsies - The Other Within / Michel Frizot 5. Invasion - Prague 1968 / Petr Kral 6. Exiles - The Dusk of the World / Dominique Edde 7. Chaos - A Panoramic View / Gilles A. Tiberghien

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Presents over 150 of Koudelka's most eloquent photographs, from his earliest images - published here for the first time - to his most recent panoramic landscape studies

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Robert Delpire was an art publisher, editor, curator, film producer and graphic designer who lived and worked in Paris.


Koudelka is known for his bleak yet beautiful black-and-white photographs of Prague and eastern Europe. Part documentary and part fine art, his dark works range over the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and Gypsies in Romania. Through it all, Koudelka captures the beauty and dignity in the people and the landscape. This handsome career overview (since the mid-1970s) is organized into seven thematic chapters that focus on the artist's earlier photo series: "In the Beginning," "Experiments," "Theater," "Gypsies," "Invasion," "Exiles," and "Chaos." Beautifully designed and illustrated, it features essays by writers such as Michel Frizot and Robert Delpire, who introduce each chapter. Koudelka, whose earlier publications include Josef Koudelka, Chaos, and The Exiles, is a member of Magnum Photo and currently resides in France. Highly recommended for all collections.-Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Revealing the breadth of Josef Koudelka's artistic achievement, this lavish collection gathers over 150 of the photographer's major works in one volume for the first time. Born in 1938 in Moravia (now in the Czech Republic), Koudelka grew up behind the Iron Curtain and trained to be an aeronautical engineer. His early images, including production stills for a Czech repertory theater company and tense shots of the Soviet invasion of Prague demonstrate the rigorous compositional eye, taste for the theatrical and otherworldly strangeness that define his work. The pictures are always accessible, but Koudelka's arrangements and printing style push much of his work toward somber dreaminess. (Some of the brief monographs interspersed with the pictures are informative; others are filled with pretentious jargon.) After his exile from Czechoslovakia in 1970, he quickly found a home at the renowned Magnum agency with the support of Cartier-Bresson. In Koudelka's subsequent work-a series on Gypsies; stunning, nearly abstract landscapes; the shipping of a colossal Lenin statue through the Balkans-he remains a poet with a lens, capturing a deeply personal vision while documenting the real world. This collection confirms Koudelka's status as one of the most versatile and singular age-makers in contemporary photography. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

'Startlingly lovely, often impassioned pictures ... Robert Delpire's accompanying text is both readable and enlightening' - Daily Telegraph
'Covers nearly half a century of penetrating observation in stark, poetic monochrome' - The World of Interiors
'A must-have' - Metro
'A fine monograph' - The Art Book

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