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Saturday 5/07/2005

JOSEF KOUDELKA

Born in a tiny village of Moravia, Josef Koudelka began photographing his family and surroundings as a teenager with a 6 x 6 Bakelite camera.
He was trained at the Technical University in Prague and worked as an aeronautical engineer in Prague and Bratislava from 1961-67. He had been able to obtain an old Rolleiflex and in 1961, while working as a theater photographer in Prague, he also started a detailed study of the gypsies of Slovakia, who were then undergoing further attempts to "assimilate" them within the Czech state. His work was the subject of an exhibition in Prague in 1967.
In 1968 Koudelka extended his project to gypsy communities in Rumania and that same year recorded the invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact armies. Smuggled out of the country with the help of Czech curator Anna Farova and published with the initials P.P. ( Prague photographer) to protect his family, the highly dramatic pictures showing Russian tanks rolling into Prague and the Czech resistance became international symbols and won him the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal.
In 1970 Koudelka left Czechoslovakia and, officially stateless, was awarded asylum in England. Introduced to Magnum by Elliott Erwitt, he became an associate in 1971 and a member in 1974, but still refused most journalistic assignments: in constant movement, he preferred to wander around Europe in search of pictures of a world that he felt was rapidly disappearing, Koudelka has been the recipient of major grants and awards such as the Prix Nadar (1978), the Grant for Research Abroad, and an official invitation from the French Ministry to document urban and rural landscape in France (1986), as well as a Grand Prix National de la Photographie (1989) and a Grand Prix Cartier-Bresson (1991). The grants sustained him through long-term projects in black and white which led to many exhibitions including a MOMA retrospective and the publication of several books following Gypsies (1978) such as Exiles (1988) shot at the edges of Europe in Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Greece.
After becoming a French citizen in 1987, Koudelka was able to go back to Czechoslovakia for the first time in 1990 and produced Black Triangle, a study of his native country's landscape wasted by industrialization and environmental catastrophies. In these fold-out pictures, human presence has all but disappeared and panoramic shots show spaces littered and unkempt stretching out desolately.
In 1994, at the invitation of film producer Eric Heumann, Koudelka accepted a rare assignment to follow the making of Ulysses's Gaze by Theo Angelopoulos , traveling with the crew through Greece, Albania, Romania and ex-Yugoslavia until the death of Gian Maria Volonte, a key actor in the film. In the last few years Koudelka has continued working on European landscape, adding to his customary Leicas a panoramic Linhof camera

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Paris France 1986 Posted by Hello

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Prague Czech Republic 1990
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Nord-Pas-Calais France 1988 Posted by Hello

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Palermo Italy 1992 Posted by Hello

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Czech Republic 1991 Posted by Hello

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Croatia 1992 Posted by Hello

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Berlin Germany 1990 Posted by Hello

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Paris Freance 1987 Posted by Hello

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Wales UK 1997 Posted by Hello

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The Danube River Romania Posted by Hello

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Road Repair Prague Czech Republic 1991 Posted by Hello

Friday 5/06/2005

SUSAN MEISELAS

American, b.1948

The same year Susan Meiselas received her M.A. in visual education from Harvard, she started working as an assistant film editor on the Frederick Wiseman documentary, "Basic Training." In 1972-74 she ran workshops for teachers and children in New York's South Bronx. Supported by grants from the NEA and State Arts Commissions of South Carolina and Mississippi, she set up film and photography programs in rural southern schools.

Subsequent projects combining teaching ideas, oral history and photography include Learning To See (1975) and A Photographic Genealogy, developed as a consultant to Polaroid Corporation.

Meiselas became a Magnum nominee in 1976, an associate in 1977 and a full member in 1980. Her photographs have been published in the pages of Time, the New York Times, Life, Paris Match and she co-directed two films.

Her coverage of insurrection and civil war in Central America was published throughout the world and she was presented with the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1979 for her work in Nicaragua. Later awards include the Leica Award for Excellence (1982), a MacArthur Fellowship (1992) and the Hasselblad Prize (1994).

Meiselas recently completed a six-year project on a visual history of Kurdistan and established a Web site to further that inquiry.

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Bus Passenger Searxh Northern Highway El Salvador 1980 Posted by Hello

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Indian Dance Mask Monimbo Nicaragua 1978 Posted by Hello

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Street Fighter Managua Nicaragua 1978 Posted by Hello

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National Guard On House To House Serach Nicaragua 1978 Posted by Hello

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National Guard Murder Site Managua Nicaragua 1978 Posted by Hello

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Dead Husband Going Home Monimbo Nicaragua 1978 Posted by Hello

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Market In Diriamba Nicaragua 1978 Posted by Hello

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Lady Boys Bangkok Thailand 1994 Posted by Hello

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PETER HUJAR

Peter Hujar died of AIDS in 1987 and was a central figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers and performers at the forefront of the cultural scene in downtown New York in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was enormously admired for his completely uncompromising attitude towards work and life. A consummate technician who produced works that are highly emotional yet stripped of excess, Hujar’s photographs are always beautiful, although rarely in a conventional way.

Peter Hujar’s work has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland, and his pictures were included in this summer’s Whitney Museum exhibition, Visions of America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001. A new monograph, Animals and Nudes, has just been published by Twin Palms, with an essay by Klaus Kertess.

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White Horse 1982 Posted by Hello

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Susan Sontag 1975 Posted by Hello

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Gary 1982 Posted by Hello

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Woolworth Building 1976 Posted by Hello

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Sidney Faulkner 1981 Posted by Hello

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Drag Queen New York 1983  Posted by Hello