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By Josef Koudelka

(at Centre Pompidou, Paris)


“What matters most to me is to take photographs; to continue taking them and not to repeat myself. To go further, to go as far as I can.”

Josef Koudelka

“It never seemed important to me that my photos be published. It’s important that I take them. There were periods where I didn’t have money, and I would imagine that someone would come to me and say: ‘Here is money, you can go do your photography, but you must not show it.’ I would have accepted right away. On the other hand, if someone had come to me saying: ‘Here is money to do your photography, but after your death it must be destroyed,’ I would have refused.”

Josef Koudelka


Photo by Josef Koudelka, 1976

“Koudelka belongs to an endangered species of photographer. He eats, drinks, and breathes photography. He gets up in the morning to his photographs and goes to sleep with them. Indeed Koudelka is a marvelous creator of photographs yet at the same time, it is photographs or rather photography that ‘make’ him.”

Gilad Baram, director of the film, Koudelka Shooting Holy Land