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Koudelka brings to life the even older world of the Roma gypsies that he encountered in his travels in the late 1960s and early 1970s in images that resonate with mystery and ritual, romance and hardship. (Sean O'Hagan The Guardian 2011-12-13)
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Thus edition (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597111775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111775
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Mickleburgh on September 14, 2011
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Josef Koudelka's "Gypsies", first published in the United States by Aperture in 1975, has long been a scarce and desirable example of this artist's work. The new edition, published by Aperture and printed by Gerhard Steidl, demonstrates just how far the craft of making books has advanced in the past 35 years.
The book differs in several ways from its predecessor, though it represents the same body of work. First, it utilizes a vertical rather than a horizontal format. Horizontally formatted images are presented as two-page spreads almost 20 inches wide, meaning that Koudelka's marvelous use of wide-angle lenses can be viewed in the correct perspective. Two-page spreads usually fail because of the space lost to the gutter, but the new "Gypsies" is beautifully bound and opens almost flat.
There are also no distracting reflections, because the book is printed on matte stock. It is tempting to describe Steidl's quadratone printing as "sumptuous", which it certainly is, but more to the point, the printing serves the photographs: Steidl's craft, in that sense, is totally transparent. The images have a vitality that suggests that they were made in the darkroom, somehow using ink instead of silver.
The work itself remains timeless. It is based on Koudelka's original maquette, adding more than 30 photographs that were not in the 1975 edition, and every one of them is worthy of its place in the new book. If you have never seen Josef Koudelka's work before, there is no better pace to start than with "Gypsies". If you are familiar with the 1975 edition, this one will amaze you. Rarely has an artist been so well-served by his printer and publisher.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lockrey on September 23, 2011
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Couldn't agree more with Mr.Mickleburgh's delightful review. Koudelka's original release of his 'Gypsies' book has long been one of my favourites from my photobook collection. This second edition is even better. An utter triumph in the combined arts of photography and printing. The use of matte paper, especially, was a great decision. Aperture are, deservedly, one of the world's great publishing companies. And Herr Steidl. Wow, what a brilliant man. Now ... if only they'd all get together and give us a second edition of 'Exiles'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hart on September 30, 2011
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Josef Koudelka's 'Gypsies is a masterpiece. The revised edition which has just been released is well worth the price. There is no other photographic book like it and I do not believe there will ever be one. Its raw approach with its grainy effects is unique and it has a bite to it that no other photographic book has. This was Josef's first book and he went on to produce many other books after this one. His committment to his subjects and the trust that they gave him is apparent in many of the intimate rectangles of stillness in this revised edition. And it is a sad history of a past era which has not changed to this day.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary D. Saretzky on October 30, 2011
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The first edition of this book is deservedly considered one of the most outstanding photographic achievements of the 20th century and this reprint is well worth having even if you have the original. It has additional photos and the quality of the reproductions is better. The new essay that accompanies it provides insights into the history and current status of the Gypsies (now called Roma). I only wish that the new edition was longer, as Koudelka made some wonderful other photos in this series that are not included in either edition but which were exhibited at his first show of this work at the Carleton Gallery in New York in the 1970s and which were published in Popular Photography at that time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Arnold on October 11, 2011
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I have an original copy of Gypsies. The images in this copy are superior mainly because of the stock of paper: matte versus glossy. If you are a Koudelka fan snap this up now before it goes out of print. This book is actually printed by Steidl.
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By bOoKwOrM on August 21, 2013
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I'd hate to use a cliché term like "breathtaking", but...that's what Joseph Koudelka's photographs really are! This oversized, coffee-table style book is an absolute must for fans of photography. There are scores of beautifully reproduced b/w photographs on quality paper(not glossy, whew), and the gatefold foldouts are really impressive. The binding is really solid, and it never feels like the book will fall apart if you lay it down flat.

The original edition is long out of print, and so is the 2011 reprint by Aperture, but "Gypsies" is one of those books that is absolutely worth to track down and add to your library. You definitely won't be sorry you did. :)
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By Angelo on January 2, 2012
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Um dos mais importantes livros de fotografia produzido no século passado. A primeira edição se esgotou rapidamente e converteu-se em objeto de desejo e de coleção... A segunda edição tende a seguir o mesmo caminho. As fotos são primordiais, a edição fantástica, etc. e tal. Compre o seu antes que acabe...
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