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24 Feb 2017 - 11 Mar 2017

Koudelka Shooting Holy Land

A unique and intimate look into the creative process of Josef Koudelka, one of photography’s greatest living masters. Czech Photographer Josef Koudelka grew up behind the Iron Curtain and always wanted to know “what was on the other side”. Forty years after capturing the iconic images of the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, the legendary Magnum photographer arrives in Israel and Palestine. On first seeing the nine-meter-high wall built by Israel in the West Bank, Koudelka is deeply shaken and embarks on a four-year project in the region which will confront him once again with the harsh reality of violence and conflict.

Director Gilad Baram, Koudelka’s assistant at the time, follows him on his journey through the Holy Land from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to another. In each locationsoon to become a new “Koudelka photo”a new scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working and his perception of the world he is documenting as well as the people he encounters. A fascinating dialogue emerges between Baram’s cinematography and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own compositions. Their austere images of a landscape carved up by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict.

Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land, dir. Gilad Baram, Germany/Czech Republic 2015, 72 mins

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Tickets: £7.00 to £11.00

24 February, 6.15 pm / Cinema 1, ICA  + Q&A with photogrepher Josef Koudelka and director Gilad Baram
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24 February, 8.40 pm / Cinema 1, ICA - + intro
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9 March, 4.45 pm / Cinema 2, ICA

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11 March, 4.05 pm / Cinema 2, ICA
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In collaboration with ICA

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ICA, The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH


From: 24 Feb 2017
To: 11 Mar 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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