Past Exhibition

Josef Koudelka: Industrial Landscapes Exhibition in Bologna

Josef Koudelka's sweeping panoramic scenes of industrial vistas go on show at Foto / Industria Biennial

Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka The Nord 'department', City of Dunkerque, Sollac, Region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. 1987. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

The third iteration of Foto/Industria Biennial returned to Bologna this autumn, launching with an exhibition devoted to Czech-French photographer Josef Koudelka‘s poignant industrial landscapes.

The exhibit brings together a selection of Koudelka’s seminal architectural works to Italy for the first time. At the end of the eighties, the photographer decided to turn his lens to the landscape and its horrific transformations at the hand of contemporary man. As Koudelka later lamented while observing his work “what is terrible is the destruction, not the destroyed landscape”.

In its post-war years, Bologna quickly became a thriving industrial cityscape. Its urban edges hemmed with the marks of human impact. In this light, the city makes a fitting backdrop for Koudelka’s moody panoramas, which eloquently document the impression of industry upon our natural world. It’s in these majestic locations that Koudelka finds material for an extraordinary collection of new spectacular compositions, in a dimension that few other projects can fully equate.

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Josef Koudelka © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos