A brave witness of the 20th Century
It’s hard to describe just how prolific Czech photographer Josef Koudelka’s work really is. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.
Not only are many of his images symbolic of the most devastating conflicts in history, his life-story seems like it should belong to an international spy. Two days after returning from photographing the gypsies in Romania in 1968, he photographed the Soviet tanks rolling in to Prague as a result of the Warsaw Pact. His negatives were then smuggled out of the country and published anonymously in The Sunday Times. Need we say more?
A retrospective of his work, Joself Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful
Is on show at the Getty Center through March 22, 2015.