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Koudelka: Gypsies Hardcover – September 30, 2011
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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.
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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It's a excellent product. I like the product anytime, I recomended this because is really what I was expecting to receive.Published 22 months ago by Elena
I really love the work of Koudelka. The rating is not for the images but for the terrible design of the publication. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by G G GODDARD
There are only two great photographers that I follow that have seriously made great images of gypsies, Koudelka and Tamas Revesz a Hungarian who has made wonderful images also. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Herbert Benkel
It has very nice b/w print.
And a lot of unknown pictures.
But it is too big size book.
Totally, it's very well made book.