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Magnum Photographers
Exhibition
Exhibition
by Josef Koudelka

When:

Oct 17 - Jan 31 2014

Where:

MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art

Izvor St.Palace of the Parliament wing E4

Bucharest,

Romania

In 1968, Josef Koudelka was a 30-year-old acclaimed theatre photographer who had never made pictures of a news event. That all changed on the night of August 21, when Warsaw Pact tanks invaded the city of Prague, ending the short-lived political liberalization in Czechoslovakia that came to be known as Prague Spring. In the midst of the turmoil of the Soviet-led invasion, he took a series of photographs which were miraculously smuggled out of the country. A year after they reached New York, Magnum Photos distributed the images credited to "an unknown Czech photographer" to avoid reprisals. The intensity and significance of the images earned the still-anonymous photographer the Robert Capa Award. Sixteen years would pass before Koudelka could safely acknowledge authorship. Forty years after the invasion, this impressive exhibition features nearly 180 of these searing images, personally selected by Koudelka from his extensive archive.

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