Photographer Interviews

Josef Koudelka on Motivation, Humanity and What Makes a Good Photograph

February 12, 2015


Ireland, negative 1972; print 1986-1988.

For nearly six decades, Josef Koudelka has focused an empathetic eye on the human condition. An exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, “Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful,” presents a sweeping overview of his work, including poignant photographs of Roma (Gypsies), electrifying documents of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and massive panoramas of conflict-altered landscapes, most...

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