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Friday, May 13, 2011

TOKYO

"Invasion Prague 68: Josef Koudelka"

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum Of Photography


By MIKE HAMILTON

Josef Koudelka, a pioneering documentary photographer gave up his career as an engineer in 1967 to become a full-time photographer.

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Josef Koudelka, from the Aperture monograph "Invasion 68: Prague" (C) 2008 JOSEF KOUDELKA/ MAGNUM PHOTOS

This exhibition focuses on images he took in Prague during the spring of 1968, when Soviet tanks invaded the city and ended a short-lived period of Czech political freedom.

It was Koudelka's first time photographing a news event, and though his photos were initially published anonymously, they won the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Medal for exceptional courage.

There are 173 works presented as large-scale ink-jet prints in this unprecedented exhibition of his work; till June 12.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, (03) 3280-0099, Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo; 7-min walk from Ebisu Station East Exit, JR Yamanote Line. ¥800. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Closed Mon. www.syabi.com.


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