- Hardcover: 275 pages
- Publisher: Aperture; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597110302
- ISBN-13: 978-1597110303
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.4 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. 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.)
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This collection confirms Koudelka’s status as one of the most versatile and singular age-makers in contemporary photography – Publisher’s Weekly
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. – Publisher’s Weekly
Koudelka is a master of shadows, which lend all his photography an air of surrealistic menace. – Book Forum
We get to watch a renowned and eloquent storyteller wander in and out of focus, the emotions of his message veering from hot to cold, from concrete to abstract, literally from softly out-of focus to vindictively sharp. – The Sunday Times
With the eye of a poet, he sees into the soul of his subjects, giving viewers a privileged glimpse into the ineffable. – Time
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The integrity of Koudelka's photographs is one thing that really stands out in this book. Although his technical range is very wide, his themes varied and his career lengthy, a common, unifying vision is evident, linking his earliest and his latest work.
The design of the book is elegant and restrained, printing and binding of very high quality. Highly recommended.