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Kendice

Artist:
Josef Koudelka (Czech, born 1938)
Date:
1965
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
41.7 x 60.2 cm (16 7/16 x 23 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harry Kahn Gift, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, and Nancy and Edwin Marks Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.362
Rights and Reproduction:
© Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos
Not on view
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].
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