Posts Tagged ‘Josef Koudelka

07
Sep
08

Magnum photographer Josef Koudelka’s new book, Invasion 68 Prague

If you saw Tokion’s recent travel feature, “Design in Prague” (The Collage Issue, currently on stands) which showcases the city’s thriving art community, it may be hard to believe that only about two decades ago, Prague was still occupied by a Communist government. Artists inhabiting the city nowadays don’t have to worry about their freedom of expression, but this wasn’t always the case.

Two days after Czech photographer Josef Koudelka’s arrival to Prague, Warsaw Pact tanks invaded his nation’s capital. Thirty years old at the time, Koudelka had only recently taken on photography as his full-time profession. He had never worked as a news photographer before, but that soon changed on August 21, 1968 when he set to the streets in order to document the tumultuous events taking place during the first week of invasion. Amazingly, Koudelka was able to smuggle his photos out of the country. They were immediately published anonymously in The Sunday Times Magazine. In order to protect himself from Soviet authorities, Koudelka was unable to claim authorship of the photos for nearly sixteen years.

Invasion 68 Prague is a collection of nearly 250 images from this one pivotal week (many of which are being published for the first time), all selected by Koudelka himself. In conjunction with this publication, and on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the invasion, Aperture Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery will be jointly exhibiting a selection of large-scale versions of these prints on September 4, 2008.

The exhibition of Koudelka’s photographs will run at Aperture Gallery, New York from September 5th through October 30th, 2008. The companion show will run at the Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, from September 4th through October 11th. Invasion 68 Prague is available at Aperture Foundation. For more information visit Aperture Gallery or Pace/MacGill Gallery.

www.aperturefoundation.com
www.pacemacgill.com

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