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Koudelka, Josef (Photographer/Subject); Delpire, Robert; Farova, Anna & Other Contributors. KOUDELKA. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 276 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective monograph on subject. The single most important book on the photographic art of Josef Koudelka. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. A stunningly beautiful production by Josef Koudelka and Robert Delpire: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Josef Koudelka. Essays by eight of the most brilliant living photography scholars, historians, and experts: Robert Delpire, Anna Farova, Dominique Edde, Michel Frizot, Petr Kral, Otomar Krejka, Pierre Soulages, and Gilles Tiberghien. List of Plates, Chronology, Bibliography, and Exhibitions appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to absolutely the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents in one elegant and meticulously produced volume some of the finest and most representative images by Josef Koudelka, that is to say, some of the greatest photographs ever taken in the history of photography. "Stark, impassioned, and singularly intense, the work of the itinerant and fiercely independent Czech photographer has received deserved acclaim over the past three decades for having made a uniquely significant contribution to the language of photography. The most comprehensive survey of Koudelka's work to date, bringing together his most eloquent images, from his earliest, many published here for the first time, to his most recent: Mesmerizing studies of the European landscape made with a panoramic camera. Whether photographing Prague's avant-garde theater scene in the 1960's, the secretive world of the Eastern European Gypsies, Czech resistance to the Soviet advance on Prague or the environmental degradation of our post-industrial world, Koudelka has consistently produced transformative images that stand outside of time and place" (Publisher's blurb). "He remains a poet with a lens, capturing a deeply personal vision while documenting the real world. This collection confirms Koudelka's stature as one of the most singular image-makers in contemporary photography" (Publishers Weekly). "Koudelka brings an intense eye and full heart to each place, object, and person. This work proves once again that he is a photographer with unique power" (Robert Delpire). "Koudelka's work petrifies and transforms. It converts tears into stone and stone into wounds; it sees the soul through its hardships. The moment that he captures contains centuries" (Dominique Edde). A "must-have" title for Josef Koudelka and photography book collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Josef Koudelka. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. Koudelka's specimen-signature is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. Among great living photographers, Koudelka's signature is extremely elusive because he does not do public signings. He did make a very rare public appearance in New York City to celebrate the book's publication, was mobbed by hundreds of fans, and was able to sign only a very small number of copies during the event. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 150 duotone plates, 3 foldouts. Three of Josef Koudelka's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". The greatest living Czech photographer. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEF KOUDELKA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1597110302. $1000.00

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