An insightful photographer known for his gruff honesty, Koudelka's central subject during the early years of his career in the 1960s and '70s was the plight of the Gypsies in Western Europe. This photograph is a remarkable visualization of the power of music-one of the Gypsies' greatest assets-to connect human beings; but it is an equally dynamic demonstration of Koudelka's prowess in harnessing photography to document the invisible and make permanent the ephemeral.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil, on print, verso, C: "Josef Koudelka"
The artist; Robert Koch Gallery
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 15," December 9, 1996–March 9, 1997.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 39," December 23, 2004–April 17, 2005.
Made in Kendice, a settlement in Eastern Slovakia [see purchase papers].