Josef Koudelka, Clement Chreoux (ed.), Michel Frizot (text)

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"KOUDELKA's unsentimental, stark, brooding, intensely human imagery reflects his own spirit, the very essence of an exile who is at home wherever his wandering body finds haven in the night." (Cornell CAPA)

In 1988, Josef KOUDELKA published what was to become one of his most famous and canonical series: 'Exiles'. These gorgeously austere black-and-white images described the travels and everyday life of the peoples he encountered while roaming Europe.
'Josef Koudelka: The Making of Exiles' is an exploration of the genesis and the making of this photographic journey.

Enhanced by numerous photographs that have never been published - in particular the photographer's self-portraits - and captions by KOUDELKA, it includes numerous archival documents (such as reproductions of his travel journals), thumbnail reproductions of the book's layout, an introduction by curator Clement CHEROUX and an essay by photo-historian Michel FRIZOT, who spent hours interviewing KOUDELKA." (publisher's note)

About the photographer, Josef KOUDELKA (*1938 in Moravia):
Josef KOUDELKA has been initially an aeronautic engineer,; he launched full time into photography in the late sixties.

In 1968, he photographed the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, publishing the results under the pseudonym P.P. (Prague Photographer).
KOUDELKA left Czechoslovakia in 1970 and was briefly stateless before obtaining political asylum in England. Shortly afterwards, he joined MAGNUM Photos. In 1975 he published 'Gypsies'.

KOUDELKA has exhibited at the MoMA and at the International Centre of Photography in New York, at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

"KOUDELKAS unsentimentales, krasses, grübelndes, intensiv Menschen-Bild spiegelt seinen eigenen Geist wider - das Wesen eines Exilanten, der zu Hause ist, wo sein wandernder Körper in der Nacht Zuflucht findet." (Cornell CAPA)

Im Jahr 1988 veröffentlichte Josef KOUDELKA, was zu einer seiner berühmtesten und kanonischen Serien werden sollte: 'Exiles'. Es beschrieb in wunderschönen, strengen Schwarz-Weiß-Bildern die Reisen und den Alltag der Völker, denen er begegnete, während er Europa durchstreifte.
'Josef Koudelka: Das Making of Exiles' ist eine Erforschung der Entstehung und der Herstellung dieser fotografischen Reise.

Verstärkt durch zahlreiche Fotografien, die noch nie veröffentlicht wurden - insbesondere die Selbstporträts des Fotografen - und Bildunterschriften von KOUDELKA, enthält es zahlreiche Archivdokumente (z.B. Reproduktionen seiner Reisejournale), Thumbnail-Reproduktionen des Layouts des Buches, eine Einführung des Kurators Clement CHEROUX und ein Aufsatz des Fotografen Michel FRIZOT, der KOUDELKA stundenlang interviewt hat." (freie übersetzung des publisher's note)