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Neno e nena no comedor do centro de refuxiados do Estadi de Montjuïc. Barcelona, outubro-novembro do 1936 (David Seymour/Magnum). No artigo para Regards ilustrado coas fotografías de Seymour, Soulillou identifica a algúns cativos: Guerito, fuxitivo de Sierra Morena, Paulino, fillo dun carabineiro morto loitando en Irún.
La maleta mexicana.
Josef Koudelka was born in 1938 in Boskovice, Moravia.
Koudelka began photographing his family and the surroundings with a 6 x 6 Bakelite camera. He staged his first photographic exhibition in 1961. He began taking commissions from theatre magazines, and regularly photographed stage productions at Prague’s Theatre Behind the Gate on a Rolleiflex camera. In 1967, Koudelka decided to give up his career in engineering for full-time work as a photographer.
Koudelka’s early work significantly shaped his later photography, and its emphasis on social and cultural rituals as well as death. He soon moved on to a more personal, in depth photographic study of the Gypsies of Slovakia, and later Romania. This work was exhibited in Prague in 1967. Throughout his career, Koudelka has been praised for his ability to capture the presence of the human spirit amidst dark landscapes. Desolation, waste, departure, despair and alienation are common themes in his work. His characters sometimes seem to come out of fairytales. Still, some see hope within his work — the endurance of human endeavor, in spite of its fragility. His later work focuses on the landscape removed of human subjects.
He had returned from a project photographing gypsies in Romania just two days before the Soviet invasion, in August 1968. He witnessed and recorded the military forces of the Warsaw Pact as they invaded Prague and crushed the Czech reforms. Koudelka’s negatives were smuggled out of Prague into the hands of the Magnum agency, and published anonymously in The Sunday Times Magazine under the initials P. P. (Prague Photographer) for fear of reprisal to him and his family.
His pictures of the events became dramatic international symbols. In 1969 the “anonymous Czech photographer” was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Robert Capa Gold Medal for photographs requiring exceptional courage.
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