“THE MOST POTENT AND POWERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER ALIVE TODAY”: FIRST EDITION OF KOUDELKA’S EXILES
KOUDELKA, Josef. Exiles. (New York): Aperture, (1988). Oblong quarto, original brown cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $1200.
First edition, American issue, of Koudelka’s award-winning photobook, “a turning point in Koudelka’s work,” with 61 full-page black-and-white photogravures.
Hailed as “one of the finest photographers of the 20th century” (Times), Koudelka has been further praised as one of the “true artists in photography… In Exiles, it is not only humanity, but reality as a whole that is in exile. Outside of the law, outside of time, as in a dream. A landscape without a country, without an age, where no two ways of seeing are ever the same” (Koudelka, 153). “Exiles is a definite turning point in Koudelka’s work and subjects” (Afterimage). His powerful images are distinctively “melodramatic and tragic, serious in the best sense of the word (Parr & Badger I:230). “Koudelka is the most potent and powerful photographer alive today. His black-and-white photographs are so highly charged, so strong in their visual impact, and so haunted that they defy description” (British Journal of Photography). Winner of the ICP award for Outstanding Photographic Book; first edition published simultaneously in Paris (as Exils) and London. With essay by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz.