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Josef Koudelka : Exils and Gitans at Delpire


The publishing house Delpire has reissued expanded versions of two book by Josef Koudelka, Exils and Gitans.

1970. After reporting on the Soviet invasion, Josef Koudelka renounced his Czech citizenship, becoming stateless and embarking on a long journey into exile. Crossing European borders as a free man, he photographed what he saw: places, objects, people. These images of life exude an unparalleled depth and power. Both nomadic and visionary, Koudelka portrays a world of daily tragedy. Exils features a selection of images that take the reader on an instructive journey that has special resonance today, when Europe is in crisis.

This book appeared for the first time in 1975 with the title, Gitans, la fin du voyage. In 2011, Delpire published an expanded version, which is being reissued again. Through these 109 photographs taken between 1962 and 1971 in Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, France and Spain, Koudelka delves into the world of gypsies and pays them tribute. A master of perspective, Koudelka emphasizes darker colors, giving the images a strange power. With these portraits of women, men and children, he shows us both happiness and suffering, music and silence, life and death.

Exils by Josef Koudelka
March 2nd, 2015
28 x 30 cm à l’italienne
188 pages
75 b/w photographs
Price : 50 €

Gitans de Josef Koudelka
March 2nd, 2015
24 x 32 cm
192 pages
109 photographs
Price : 55 €

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