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Joseph Koudelka

Photographer

1938 - Boskovice, Czechoslovakia
BIT ABOUT ME

Josef Koudelka is a Czech photographer who’s most famous images were of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Prague in 1968. Although largely self taught, Koudelka’s images are highly narrative and deal with themes of power and isolation.  -  theartofphotography.tv

What drives Koudelka in his photography is not known to anyone but himself, and could probably never be articulated clearly even if he wanted to. But it is clear that the intensity with which he approaches life and photography is what electrifies his images and brings him, if not happiness, then perhaps an exploration of how he looks at life. - robinlam.wordpress.com

Starting with his full immersion into capturing the gypsies of Slovakia and Romania, he approached photography as a complete life devotion. Koudelka has captured darker themes from desolation to despair, but also shows hope from within the human spirit. Looking at his work is almost like a masterclass in photography. - shooterfiles.com

Koudelka was born in 1938 in the small Moravian town of Boskovice, Czechoslovakia. He began photographing his family and the surroundings with a 6×6 Bakelite camera. He studied at the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) 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.

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40 years on: the exile comes home to Prague
Forty years on from the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague, we meet Josef Koudelka, the man who captured the most startling images of that dramatic week, then went on to become one of the greatest photojournalists of our time
Shooting Holy Land : A new documentary on photographer Josef Koudelka
Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land, the debut documentary film of Israeli-born photographer Gilad Baram, offers a unique and intimate look into the creative process of world-renowned Czech photographer Josef Koudelka.
Leica Crafted a One-of-a-Kind Panoramic S2 for Josef Koudelka
Here’s one of the perks of being a world famous photographer: having a major camera company make you a one-of-a-kind camera. When Czech street photographer Josef Koudelka made his jump from film to digital, Leica helped make his transition easier by creating a one-of-a-kind panoramic version of the S2 for him.
Books
Limestone (Lhoist) http://a.co/9ji2kSg
Josef Koudelka: Mission Photographique Transmanche [Cahier 6] by Michel Guillot et al. http://a.co/9mo4MpW
Wall : Israël-Palestine, paysage 2008-2012 http://a.co/4UwVMnZ
Josef Koudelka (Photofile) http://a.co/exdJ520
Invasion 68: Prague http://a.co/beIvMBE
Koudelka: Gypsies http://a.co/gNkaDYT