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Invasion 68: Prague — Josef Koudelka

Works by 
Josef Koudelka are currently on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. But be quick or you’ll miss it!

Josef Koudelka Prague Invasion, 1968 © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos via BBC News

Until today, 173 works from Josef Koudelka are on view at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. The exhibition is based on the works published in Invasion 68, Prague by Aperture in 2008.

Josef Koudelka turned away from photographing theatre and gypsies in August 1968 when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending what became known as the Prague Spring. 

Koudelka’s photos were smuggled out of Czechoslovakia and a year later reached the offices of Magnum photos in New York. Magnum distributed the photos credited to an unknown Czech photographer to avoid reprisals. Sixteen years would have to pass before Koudelka could safely acknowledge authorship.

In the meantime, the images had earned the anonymous photographer the Robert Capa Award.

Josef Koudelka is the recipient of the Prix Nadar, Grand Prix National de la Photographie, Grand Prix Cartier-Bresson, and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. Major exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art 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. He is a member of Magnum Photos.
Invasion 68: Prague, organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, is open until the 18th July 2011. More info can be found on: syabi.com and aperture.org.

written by webo29

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  1. panelomo


    love em' black and white -

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