This Powerful Document Of The Spiritual And Physical State Of Exile Now Contains 10 New Images By Master Of Photography Josef Koudelka The Sense Of Mystery That Fills These Photographs Mostly Taken During Koudelka S Years Of Wandering Through Europe And The United States Since Leaving His Native Czechoslovakia Speaks Of Passion And Reserve, Of His Rage To See The Brilliant Accompanying Essay By Robert Delpire Invokes The Soul Of Man In Search Of A Spiritual Homeland It Speaks With A Remarkable And Unforgettable Dignity. The essay at the beginning of the book also published here Super essay by Czeslaw Milosz in the introduction here, but overall I enjoyed Koudelka s Exiles less than his earlier, earthier, work on the Gypsies in Slovakia Exiles seems a little too arty at times The earlier Gypsies is also experimental and revolutionary in its own way, but seems natural and engaged, less interested in making a statement about art than a statement about people.Whereas the young Koudelka personally got to know the Romani, visiting them in their forced settlements over the course of several years, his work in Exiles seems distant Undoubtedly, this is a mark of Koudelka s own experience after he fled Prague in the wake of the 1968 Revolution and wandered over Western Europe For all that, it struck me less, and while technically accomplished, conceptually seems scattered and less compelling
My favorite living photographer, and my favorite photographic book I had this out of the library almost constantly when I was a student Odd, because his work is so different to what mine was at the time.
- 156 pages
- The Exiles
- Josef Koudelka
- 20 October 2018 Josef Koudelka