Aperture Gallery, New York, NY
Sept. 5 - Oct. 30, 2008
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
Sept. 4 - Oct. 11, 2008
In 1968 Josef Koudelka was thirty years old. He had committed himself to photography as a full-time career only recently, and had been chronicling the theater, and the lives of gypsies, but he had never photographed a news event. That all changed on the night of August 21, when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending the short-lived political freedom in Czechoslovakia that came to be known as the Prague Spring. In the midst of the turmoil of the Soviet-led invasion, Koudelka took to the streets to document this critical moment.
Koudelka's documentation of the invasion that terminated his country's recently achieved freedoms,
and the remarkable resistance of the Czech people, is as riveting as the strength and courage it portrays. On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the invasion, Aperture Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery jointly present two exhibitions of Koudelka's remarkable work made during that one week, which will celebrate the publication of Invasion 68: Prague. The exhibition at Aperture Gallery will be unprecedented for Koudelka: coproduced with Magnum Photos, this installation will feature large-scale, ink-jet prints of a selection of work from the related publication, and will include some of the seminal texts featured in the book as well. The exhibition at Pace/MacGill Gallery will incorporate this sensibility, and will also feature vintage and recent prints of some of Koudelka's most iconic images from this work.