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Josef Koudelka: Exiles

Josef Koudelka


One of the most powerful documents of the spiritual and physical state of exile ever published

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About Exiles, Cornell Capa once wrote, '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...'

In this revised and expanded edition of the 1988 classic, which includes new images, Josef Koudelka's work once more forms a powerful document of the spiritual and physical state of exile. Most of the images were taken in Europe during Koudelka's own twenty-year exile from his native Czechoslovakia, starting in 1970, after having left in the wake of photographing the Soviet-led invasion of Prague. The sense of private mystery that fills these photographs speaks of passion and reserve, of his rage to see. Solitary, moving, deeply felt and strangely disturbing, the images in Exiles suggest alienation, disconnection and love.

Exiles evokes some of the most compelling and troubling themes of the twentieth century, still resonating with equal force during this time of migrations and profound transience.

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'Exceptionally beautiful images … everything Czech photographer Josef Koudelka captures speaks deeply of the endurance of the human spirit … Master photographer is a term that’s bandied around far too much, but here it is more than justified'
Amateur Photographer

'The images evoke feelings of alienation, disconnection and love'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Revised

Size: 26.5 x 29.8 cm

Extent: 188 pp

Illustrations: 75

Publication date: 22 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500544419

About the Author

Josef Koudelka was born in Moravia in 1938. In 1968, he photographed the Soviet invasion of Prague, for which he was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Robert Capa Gold Medal. He has published over a dozen books, including Exiles, Chaos and Invasion 68: Prague.

List of Contributors

Josef Koudelka, Czeslaw Milosz, Stuart Alexander, Josef Koudelka, Robert Delpire

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