An evening with the photographer – Josef Koudelka
19 May at 7 pm
City Museum, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Josef Koudelka is one of the world’s most acknowledged masters of photography, a member of the Magnum agency and the winner of prestigious photography awards, who has to date shown his work in major centres of photography and contemporary art around the world. He was born in Czechoslovakia in 1938. He followed and photographed Czechoslovakian Gypsies until 1970 and took part in dramatic performances. After quitting his career of an aeronautical engineer, he became a full-time photographer in 1967. In August 1968, he took photographs of Warsaw Pact troops invading the streets of the Czechoslovakian capital and putting an end to the Prague Spring. His images were published around the world. Initially anonymous, they later earned him the Robert Capa Prize. In 1970, he left his country and became stateless, living in England until 1979. In 1974, he became a member of Magnum Photos in Paris. In 1986, he began using a panoramic camera and took part in the Mission photographique de la DATAR. The following year, he became a French citizen. After twenty years of exile, he returned to his country of birth in 1990, following the Velvet Revolution. His 1968 photos were finally published in Prague. His most important publications are Gypsies (Prix Nadar, 1975), Exiles (1988), Chaos (2000), Invasion Prague 68 (2008), Lime (2012) and Wall (2013).
After the presentation of the photographs from the Invasion – Gypsies – Chaos series Josef Koudelka will be available for discussion with the audience. The conversation will be in English language (without translation).