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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

JOSEF KOUDELKA: 12 PANORAMAS, 1987-2012 AT PACE/MACGILL GALLERY

Image above by Josef Koudelka, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France, 1989 © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

 

Pace and Pace/MacGill Gallery opened an exhibition for Josef Koudelka, Koudelka: Twelve Panoramas 1987-2012, on view at 508 West 25th Street from January 16 through February 14, 2015. Selected by the artist to represent his best panoramic work from the past three decades, the twelve large-scale, black-and-white photographs depict the vestiges of industrial areas and coastal landscapes in Europe and the Middle East.

JK.299_Israel, 2009_LRJosef Koudelka, The Jordan Border, Israel, 2009 © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

 

Since 1986, Josef Koudelka has embraced and employed the expansive compositional format of the panorama. From his commissioned investigation of the French-English region impacted by the Channel Tunnel for La Mission Photographique Transmanche project, to his exploration of the political climate in Israel and Palestine, and his most recent documentation of the persistence of classicism along the Mediterranean rim, Koudelka has continuously used panoramic cameras to showcase terrains that have been significantly shaped, altered, and even devastated by the effects of industry, time, and territorial conflict.

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JK.293_Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, 1987_LRJosef Koudelka, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France, 1987 © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

 

JK.300_Amman, Jordan, 2012_LRJosef Koudelka, Amman, Jordan, 2012 © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

 

KOJ1999021D04333-04-06 001Josef Koudelka, Rajec, Slovak Republic, 1999 © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

 

All opening images by Antonio Williams

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