Format: Hardback with Dust Jacket
Pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Aperture, 1st Edition & 1st Printing, 1975
Koudelka’s first book, the work that sealed Koudelka’s reputation (ref: Parr & Badger) featuring 60 powerful black-and-white photogravure plates. A nomad at heart, he has wandered around Europe with his 35mm Leica and little else. He was born in the Czech Republic, and made his first photographs there while a student in the 1950s. In the 1960s he lived with and photographed the Gypsies of Slovakia, and later Romania, photographing them with an intimacy only gained through their total acceptance of him as one of their own. Published in 1975, five years after Koudelka left Prague following the Russian invasion, Gypsies has since become a classic of documentary photography.
Fine / Fine -
A tight, clean copy throughout with just a hint of toning to page edges, boards are clean and corners square. Dust Jacket (not price-clipped) with signs of light edge wear, especially at top and bottom of the spine ends, and light wrinkling to lower corner of the front panel.