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1 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017

Josef Koudelka: The Making of Landscape

This exhibition produced with Magnum Photos reflects on Czech-French photographer Josef Koudelka’s landscape photographs, through large displays of his 20+ meters long concertina photo-books and documents from his personal collection.

‘Where are the people?’ Henri Cartier-Bresson asked Koudelka (born 1938) when presented with his friend’s first panoramic landscapes photographs in the 1980s. Some 30 years later, landscapes have become the main subject of the multi-awarded photographer’s work, and the people are in fact everywhere in the empty landscapes captured in Poland, France, Wales, Israel or the Mediterranean area. These are man-made landscapes, for economical or political reasons and they tell human stories, belonging to a time long ago or contemporary. It takes all Koudelka’s talent to make us accept that, despite the grim views, this is still our land.

The exhibition consists of the books Black Triangle (1994) displayed in its original concertina format and Wall (2013) in a concertina format created for the exhibition, together with twelve concertina dummy books, many of them unpublished.

1 August-27 August
Mon-Sun, 10am-4pm
Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

Produced by the WS Society
In partnership with Magnum Photos
In association with The Times Scotland
Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2017

Exhibition catalogue available from 1 August.


Cover image: Josef Koudelka, Wall, 2016. Installation view. Photo by Fred Ernst.



Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

From: 1 Aug 2017
To: 27 Aug 2017


WS Society, Magnum Photos, The Times Scotland

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