Koudelka: Gypsies

Koudelka: Gypsies


Text by Will Guy, By (photographer) Josef Koudelka

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  • Publisher: aperture
  • Format: Hardback | 109 pages
  • Dimensions: 249mm x 320mm x 28mm | 1,520g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1597111775
  • ISBN 13: 9781597111775
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 154,634

Product description

Aperture's new edition of "Koudelka: Gypsies" rekindles the energy and astonishment of this foundational body of work by master photographer Josef Koudelka. Lavishly printed in a unique quadratone mix by artisanal printer Gerhard Steidl, it offers an expanded look at "Cikani" (Czech for "gypsies" )--109 photographs of Roma society taken between 1962 and 1971 in then-Czechoslovakia (Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia), Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. The design and edit for this volume revisits the artist's original intention for the work, and is based on a maquette originally prepared in 1968 by Koudelka and graphic designer Milan Kopriva. Koudelka intended to publish the work in Prague, but was forced to flee Czechoslovakia, landing eventually in Paris. In 1975, Robert Delpire, Aperture and Koudelka collaborated to publish "Gitans, la fin du voyage" ("Gypsies," in the English-language edition), a selection of 60 photographs taken in various Roma settlements around East Slovakia. "Gypsies" includes more than 30 never-before-published images and a new text by Roma scholar and sociologist Will Guy, who also wrote the essay for the 1975 edition. Guy contributes a new, in-depth analysis of the condition of the Roma today, including the most recent upheavals in France and Europe. Josef Koudelka (born 1938) is the recipient of the Prix Nadar, Grand Prix National de la Photographie, Grand Prix Cartier-Bresson and Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. Major exhibitions of his work have been held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the International Center of Photography, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. In 2007, Aperture published his bestselling self-titled monograph, and in 2008 released the highly anticipated "Invasion 68: Prague." Koudelka is a member of Magnum Photos and is currently based in Paris.

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