French/Czech, born 1938
Esteemed photographer Josef Koudelka was born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia in 1938. His many accomplishments include the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1969 for his work chronicling the tumultuous period of the Warsaw Pact armies’ intervention in Prague. Choosing to leave his native Czechoslovakia in 1970, Josef Koudelka moved to England where he soon joined the Magnum Photos agency. He has since been awarded two grants from the Arts Council of Great Britain, the first in 1973 and the second in 1976. Koudelka, who became a naturalized citizen of France in 1987, has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980, Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1989, the Grand Prix Cartier-Bresson in 1991, and the Cornell Capa Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography in 2004. His numerous monographs include Gypsies (Aperture, 2011), Limestone (Magnum, 2001), Chaos (Phaidon, 1999), The Black Triangle (Magnum, 1994), and Exiles (Aperture, 1988).
Josef Koudelka’s photographs have been collected and exhibited by major museums throughout the world. Significant exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; the SFMOMA, San Francisco; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam; the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, among others.