Terrifying, Unsettling, Beautiful

November 12, 2014 12:17 AM

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If you love the art of photography, and if you know its major players of the last 50 years, then the name Josef Koudelka will certainly ring a bell. And if you go through the retrospective exhibition of his photographs at the Getty Museum, this bell will ring especially loud. Now that we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, which evokes the memory of the Cold War, this Getty exhibition is particularly timely.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1938, Josef Koudelka is an extremely gifted and prolific artist, whose black and white photographs miraculously combine decisive and often painful moments of documentary with the beauty of elegantly controlled compositions. During the 1960's, he spent a considerable amount ...

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