26. 2. 2015 from 18:00

                                    “The maximum, that is what has always interested me.“

                                                                                                         Josef  Koudelka


This encounter with photographer Josef Koudelka, whose monumental work belongs tothe apex of contemporary photography, will offer a unique opportunity to get to know more about his exceptional work, but also the circumstances under which it was created.


Josef Koudelka will personally present photographs from three of his most famous series:

Invasion (1968) – a series of photographs capturing the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops;

Gypsies (1975) – a series of photographs taken in the former Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, France, and Spain during the years 1962-1971;

Chaos (1999) – a series of panoramic photographs from France, Greece, Lebanon, and the Czech Republic.


The presentation of Josef Koudelka’s photographs will be accompanied by the projection of two documentary films examining his often daring work in the field while creating his photographs.


The premiere of the film Records (2014, 30 min), which follows Josef Koudelka’s travels through Moravia, Slovakia and Poland during the years 2003 – 2011, will be presented by its authors, Jan Horáček and Karel Čtveráček

Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land 

(Sneak peek) by photographer and documentary filmmaker Gilad Baram, follows Josef Koudelka´s travels alongside the wall dividing Israel and the West Bank, during which he shot the unique images, currently on exhibit in the THIS PLACE exhibition. 


A sneak peek to an upcoming feature film of the same name, a Geramn, Israeli, Czech, and Norwegian co-production. The Czech producers of the film, which has received funding by the State Cinematography Fund, are Radim Procházka and the Czech Television Film Centre.   


Josef Koudelka (* 1938) is one of the most prominent photographers of the twentieth century. He first became famous for his photographs of the invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact troops, and in 1974 he became a member of Magnum Photos. His best-known work includes the series Gypsies (1975) and Exiles (1988). In recent years, he has focused on panoramic landscape photography. Josef Koudelka has received numerous awards for his work, for example the Prix Nadar (1978), the Grand Prix National de la Photographie (1989),  the Grand Prix Cartier-Bresson (1991), or the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (1992). Important exhibitions of his work have for example been held at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, and in a number of other cities around the world.

This programme is part of the THIS PLACE exhibition.

The programme will take place partly in Czech and partly in English. 


Admission: 60 CZK


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