Josef Koudelka (1938-present, Czechoslovakian)

Josef Koudelka catsJosef Koudelka (1938-present, Czechoslovakian) is most famous for his photos of Gypsies in Romania, which were taken only two days before the Soviet invasion in 1968. He captured the invasion of Prague and had to publish his photos under the initial P.P. for Prague Photographer for fear of reprisals. These photographs were published by Magnum and thus began his long association with the photography agency. Due to this relationship, he was given a visa for Britain and stayed there for more than 10 years under political asylum. By 1987, he had  become a French citizen and by 1990 he was able to finally return to the Czech Republic where he now lives.

Koudelka’s work is known for its dark view of human existence, particularly the hard life of Gypsies; however, amidst this, he has interspersed his work with candid photos of cats.  Not surprising was his relationship with Henri Cartier-Bresson, another cat lover.

Koudleka has won numerous awards and has exhibited his works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and many other prestigious venues.

 

Josef Koudelka 1963 CZECHOSLOVAKIA Gypsies with cat

Gypsies with Cat, 1963, Czechoslovakia

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka - Romania, 1968 Gypsies with a Kitten

Romania, 1968, Gypsies with a Kitten

 

 


 

Josef Koudelka, SPAIN Men with Cat, 1971

Spain, Men with Cat, 1971

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, England, 1973 Cat Lying Down

England, 1973 Cat Lying Down

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Paris 1973 Man on Bike with Cat

Paris, 1973 Man on Bike with Cat

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka FRANCE, 1975 Cat in Window

France, 1975 Cat in Window

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, GREAT BRITAIN. England, Cat in Cemetery, 1978

England, Cat in Cemetery, 1978

 

 

 

A cat in an English cemetery, 1978, Josef Koudelka

A cat in an English cemetery, 1978

 

 


 

Josef Koudelka 1978 Spain, Cat in foreground

1978 Spain, Cat in foreground

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Cat, Italy 1981

Cat, Italy 1981

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka Cat, GREECE, Santorini, 1981.

Cat, Santorini, 1981

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Cat, GREECE, 1981

Cat, Greece, 1981

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka UNITED STATES, Cat, 1984

United States, Cat, 1984

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Cat, Turkey 1984

Cat, Turkey 1984

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Cat, ROMANIA Arad County Gernik, 1992

Cat, Romania, Arad County Gernik, 1992

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, UKRAINE. Odessa. 1993. An old woman and cat sort through a city trash can.

Ukraine, Odessa. 1993. An old woman and cat sort through a city trash can.

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, ITALY. Rome. 1999, Cat in front of Slaughterhouse

Rome. 1999, Cat in front of Slaughterhouse

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, GREECE, Athens, 2003 Cat at the Acropolis.

Athens, 2003 Cat at the Acropolis

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka Feeding a Kitten in the Peloponnese

Feeding a Kitten in the Peloponnese

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka Cat, GREAT BRITAIN, England

Cat, England

 

 


 

Josef Koudelka, White Cat

White Cat

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Cat, Portugal

Cat, Portugal

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Black Cat, Israel

Black Cat, Israel

 

 

 

Josef Koudelka, Cat

Josef Koudelka, Cat

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