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Ruins: talk with photos projection by Josef Koudelka



Ruins: talk with photos projection by Josef Koudelka

Since 1991 legendary Czech photographer Josef Koudelka has been taking pictures of all the major archaeological sites of the Roman Empire in almost twenty different countries, traveling from the Middle East to North Africa, passing through Italy and across Europe. In June he will be in the UK to complete this massive project portraying the Hadrian’s Wall.

The Italian Cultural Institute has offered Josef Koudelka a short residence in support of his work and will host a talk with him and Dr Andrew Gardner discussing about his project and showing a selection of 500 photographs.


Josef Koudelka, born in Moravia, made his first photographs while a student in the 1950s. About the same time that he started his career as an aeronautical engineer in 1961 he also began photographing Gypsies in Czechoslovakia and theatre in Prague. He turned full-time to photography in 1967. The following year, Koudelka photographed the Soviet invasion of Prague, publishing his photographs under the initials P. P. (Prague Photographer) for fear of reprisal to him and his family. In 1969, he was anonymously awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Robert Capa Gold Medal for those photographs.

Koudelka left Czechoslovakia for political asylum in 1970 and shortly thereafter joined Magnum Photos. In 1975, he brought out his first book Gypsies, and in 1988, Exiles. Since 1986, he has worked with a panoramic camera and issued a compilation of these photographs in his book Chaos in 1999. Koudelka has had more than a dozen books of his work published, including most recently in 2008 Invasion Prague 68.

He has won significant awards such as the Prix Nadar (1978), a Grand Prix National de la Photographie (1989), a Grand Prix Cartier-Bresson (1991), and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (1992). Significant exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Andrew Gardner is Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of the Roman Empire in the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Andrew has published widely on Roman archaeology and archaeological theory, and excavated at sites all over the UK. Most recently, he co-directed excavations in the Roman legionary fortress at Caerleon, with Dr Peter Guest of Cardiff University. Having taught extensively in adult education earlier in his career, and been involved in a range of public engagement activities at Caerleon, Andrew is passionate about the communication of archaeology to different audiences, and this is reflected in his involvement with organisations such as the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (currently a member of the Schools Committee) and CASPAR (the Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology). He also co-ordinates a research network on the theme of ‘Archaeology and Empire’ at the Institute of Archaeology.


Data: Lun 12 Giu 2017

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 21:00

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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