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JOSEF KOUDELKA INVASION PRAGUE 1968
Vernissage on Wednesday June 13th from 6 pm.
With the collaboration of the Brussels Czech Centre, Magnum Photos and Aperture.
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Soviet tanks rolling into Prague in 1968, this summer the Botanique is hosting one of the living legends of contemporary photography. Josef Koudelka is the creator of several sequences which have become iconic. His dark prints, his rigorous framing and his sharpness of eye made him one of the undeniable fathers of humanist photography. Associated with the agency Magnum Photos since 1971, with Invasion Prague 1968 he has brought us the most journalistic work of his career. Koudelka’s lens transformed the shocking Soviet military intervention in the streets of Prague in 1968, a turning point in Czech history, into a universal symbol of resistance. Originally published anonymously, these pictures have since been seen around the globe.
Koudelka was thirty years old in 1968. He had just dropped out of his studies in aeronautical engineering to dedicate himself to photography. Previously his work had mainly been on the theatre and on the Roma. He had just returned from Romania, where he had travelled to photograph them, when Prague was assaulted by the forces of the Warsaw Pact. Both observer and participant, he captured images of tanks in the city streets and the population standing against them. While other photographers also covered the events at the time, he was the only one to have interpreted their essence with such force and intensity.
His legendary images were rapidly to become icons of the struggle for freedom. Without ever previously having taken a news photograph, Koudelka was responsible for one of the classic reportages of the post-war period. After the pictures were picked up by Elliott Erwitt who introduced him to Magnum Photos, his work was published worldwide and won many prestigious prizes. He was however obliged to remain anonymous until the 1980s, despite this international recognition, to protect the safety of his family. The images of the Prague invasion first appeared in Czechoslovakia in 1990, on the pages of the weekly Respekt.
This exhibition is organised as part of the “Summer of Photography” biennale.