Past Exhibition

Josef Koudelka’s “Industrial Landscapes” Opens in Helmond

Museum Helmond exhibits 40 industrial landscape photographs taken by Josef Koudelka over the past three decades

Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka Sollac. Coal piles. Nord-Pas de Calais. Dunkerque, France. 1987. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

Josef Koudelka started using a camera in a panoramic format in 1986 while participating in the photographic mission of the DATAR, whose objective was to “represent the French landscape of the 1980s”. He thus crisscrossed France, then the entire world, to take stock of modern humanity’s influence on landscape.

This exhibition gathers 40 panoramic photographs selected by the artist with François Hébel. These images bear witness to major manmade works, ranging from factories to quarries, or enormous mining complexes and abandoned zones. They carry the viewer into inaccessible and little-known areas, between sublime and disarray, to witness the imposing reality of industry that we are now trying to erase.

Josef Koudelka The limit of a coal-mine. Black Triangle region (Ore Mountains). Czech Republic. 1993. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka The Nord 'department'. City of Dunkerque. Sollac. Region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. 1987. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos

This exhibition was created by François Hébel for Foto/Industria 2017, Biennial of Photography on Industry and Work, Bologna, Italy, a project promoted and supported by Fondazione MAST.

More information here.

Josef Koudelka Abandoned oil field. Baku, Azerbaijan. 1999. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos
Josef Koudelka Nochten open cast mine. Brandenburg, Cottbus Germany. 1997. © Josef Koudelka | Magnum Photos