Josef Koudelka – Invasion 68 Prague

Josef Koudelka – Invasion 68 Prague
International Photography Grant 2019

In 1968, Josef Koudelka was a 30-year-old acclaimed theatre photographer who had never made pictures of a news event. That all changed on the night of August 21, when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending the short-lived political liberalization in Czechoslovakia that came to be known as Prague Spring. In the midst of the turmoil of the Soviet-led invasion, he took a series of photographs which were miraculously smuggled out of the country. A year after they reached New York, Magnum Photos distributed the images credited to “an unknown Czech photographer” to avoid reprisals. The intensity and significance of the images earned the still-anonymous photographer the Robert Capa Award. Sixteen years would pass before Koudelka could safely acknowledge authorship. Forty years after the invasion, this impressive exhibition features nearly 180 of these searing images,personally selected by Koudelka from his extensive archive.

Josef Koudelka
Invasion 68 Prague
May 15 – Jun 26 2015

Galeria Starmach
ul. Wegierska 5
Kraków, 30-535
POLAND
www.starmach.com.pl

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invade Prague. In front of the Radio Headquarters.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invade Prague. In front of the Radio Headquarters.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in front of the Radio headquarters.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in front of the Radio headquarters.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops near the Radio headquarters.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops near the Radio headquarters.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. 21 August 1968. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. 21 August 1968. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Invasion by Warsaw Pact troops.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. In the Old Town District. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invasion.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. In the Old Town District. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invasion.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague. 21st of August 1968. TCHECOSLOVAQUIE. Prague. Invasion par les armées du Pacte de Varsovie. 21 Aout 1968.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague. 21st of August 1968.
TCHECOSLOVAQUIE. Prague. Invasion par les armées du Pacte de Varsovie. 21 Aout 1968.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invade Prague.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invade Prague.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invasion.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact troops invasion.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague.

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Prague. August 1968. Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague.

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International Photography Grant 2019