Josef Koudelka | Gypsies

Posted: October 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography, Quotes

Finally.

After 35 years, Koudelka’s amazing Gypsies has been released in a new edition by Aperture. With 30 never before seen images and a design that reflects Koudelka’s original intentions, the book is a gorgeous testament to the life of the Roma between 1962 and 1971 in Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. After being out of print for so many years, I can finally stop my ceaseless hunting in used bookstores, sit back on the couch, and let Koudelka’s eye take me through the lives of the Roma 40 years ago.

Personally, I have had the good fortune of always being able to do what I wanted, never working for others. Maybe it is a silly principle, but the idea that no one can buy me is important for me. I refuse assignments, even for projects that I have decided to do anyhow. It is somewhat the same with my books. When my first book, the one on the gypsies, was published, it was hard for me to accept the idea that I could no longer choose the people to whom I would show my photos, that any one could buy them.

- Josef Koudelka

Slovakia, 1967. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

Slovakia, 1967. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

If a picture is good, it tells many different stories.

- Josef Koudelka

Bohemia, 1966. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

Bohemia, 1966. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

I was never paid for anything in Czechoslovakia, so it was easy to accept not being paid in the West. Also, I was used to a lower living standard.

- Josef Koudelka

France, 1970. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

France, 1970. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

For me, the most beautiful thing is to wake up, to go out, and to look. At everything. Without anyone telling me “You should look at this or that.” I look at everything and I try to find what interests me, because when I set out, I don’t yet know what will interest me. Sometimes I photograph things that others would find stupid, but with which I can play around. Henri as well says that before meeting a person, or seeing a country, he has to prepare himself. Not me, I try to react to what comes up. Afterwards, I may come back to it, perhaps every year, ten years in a row, and I will end by understanding.

- Josef Koudelka

Spain, 1971. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

Spain, 1971. From the book, Koudelka: Gypsies. © Josef Koudelka, Magnum Photos

When I travel, I don’t even know where I am going to sleep, I don’t think of the place where I will lie down until the moment I roll out my sleeping bag. It’s a rule that I’ve set for myself. Because I told myself that I must be able to sleep anywhere, since sleep is important. In the summer I often sleep outdoors. I stop working when there is no more light, and I start again in the early morning. I do not feel this to be a sacrifice, it would be a sacrifice to live otherwise. As for my points of reference, I don’t know what they would be.

- Josef Koudelka


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Kruger National Park | Lion Cubs

Posted: October 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Nikon

I never shoot wildlife because well, I am never out in the wild.

Hired by a corporate client a few years ago to document their game drives in the gorgeous Kruger Concession in South Africa, I spent ten days in the bush, going on three game drives a day. The math for shooting wildlife is simple: get the longest lens possible, hire the best guide possible and display a shit ton of patience while you wait.

This shot is drippingly cute and it is the result of patience and luck and my longest lens. I was sitting in a Land Rover and we were surrounded by lions, lounging in the mid-day sun. Had I been in a different seat, the angle would not have allowed this line up of cubs.

Lion Cubs, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Doug Kim; Nikon D300, Nikkor 80-200mm

Lion Cubs, Kruger National Park, South Africa © Doug Kim; Nikon D300, Nikkor 80-200mm


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Leica Sighting | The Anniversary Party

Posted: October 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cinema, Film, Leica, Los Angeles

Jennifer Beals and an M4-2 and a 35mm Summilux-M ASPH in The Anniversary Party 2001

Jennifer Beals and an M4-2 and a 35mm Summilux-M ASPH in The Anniversary Party 2001

Jennifer Beals, John Benjamin Hickey, and an M4-2 and a 35mm Summilux-M ASPH in The Anniversary Party 2001

Jennifer Beals, John Benjamin Hickey, and an M4-2 and a 35mm Summilux-M ASPH in The Anniversary Party 2001

Jennifer Beals, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and an M4-2 and a 35mm Summilux-M ASPH in The Anniversary Party 2001

Jennifer Beals, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and an M4-2 and a 35mm Summilux-M ASPH in The Anniversary Party 2001

Information pulled from the great Leica FAQ site.

Jennifer Beals is an avid photographer and Leica shooter. Click here for more information about Jennifer Beals’ photography.


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Nashville, Tennessee | Robert’s Western World

Posted: September 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica

Robert's Western World, Nashville, Tennessee © Doug Kim

Robert's Western World, Nashville, Tennessee © Doug Kim

Robert's Western World, Nashville, Tennessee © Doug Kim

Robert's Western World, Nashville, Tennessee © Doug Kim


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Paolo Patrizi | European Starlings

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Quotes

Starlings are notoriously difficult to “control.” The story is told of a man who was bothered by starlings roosting in a large sycamore near his house. He said he tried everything to get rid of them and finally took a shotgun to three of them and killed them. When asked if that discouraged the birds, he reflected a minute, leaned forward, and said confidentially, “Those three it did.”

- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Quartiere Giuliano Dalmata, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi

Quartiere Giuliano Dalmata, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi

Murmuration #5, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi

Murmuration #5, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi

E.U.R., Rome, Italy,2009  © Paolo Patrizi

E.U.R., Rome, Italy,2009 © Paolo Patrizi

Lungotevere Marzio, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi

Lungotevere Marzio, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi

Murmuration #9, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi

Murmuration #9, Rome, Italy, 2009 © Paolo Patrizi


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Bridgehampton | Emmett

Posted: September 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City

Emmett, Amagansett © Doug Kim, Nikon D300, 35-70mm Nikkor

Emmett, Amagansett © Doug Kim, Nikon D300, 35-70mm Nikkor


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Mug Shot | Stokely Carmichael

Posted: September 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, History, Photography, Quotes

Now that they’ve taken Dr. King off, it’s time to end this nonviolence bullshit.

- Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael mug shot from the Freedom Riders summer of 1961. He had been arrested for entering a white only cafeteria. He was nineteen.

Stokely Carmichael mug shot from the Freedom Riders summer of 1961. He had been arrested for entering a white only cafeteria. He was nineteen.

Stokely Carmichael was the youngest of the Freedom Riders in the summer of 1961, arrested for entering an “all white” cafeteria and disturbing the peace. He was nineteen years old.


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Great Falls, Maryland | Billy Goat Trail

Posted: September 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Nikon, Washington DC

My absolutely favorite hike, on the Maryland side of the Potomac, Great Falls Park.

The Billy Goat Trail, Great Falls, Maryland © Doug Kim, Nikon F5, 35-70mm Nikkor, Agfa APX 400

The Billy Goat Trail, Great Falls, Maryland © Doug Kim, Nikon F5, 35-70mm Nikkor, Agfa APX 400


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Alex Majoli | Libya 2011

Posted: September 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Egypt, Film, History, Photography

TUNISIA—Refugees of different nationalities who'd been residing in Libya cross the border into Tunisia, February 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

TUNISIA—Refugees of different nationalities who'd been residing in Libya cross the border into Tunisia, February 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

TUNISIA—At the Ras Jedir border crossing, Egyptian workers who had been residing in Libya cross the border into Tunisia, March 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

TUNISIA—At the Ras Jedir border crossing, Egyptian workers who had been residing in Libya cross the border into Tunisia, March 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

TUNISIA—At the Ras Jedir border crossing, foreign workers who had been residing in Libya cross the border into Tunisia. Among them were Egyptians, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Vietnamese and Sudanese, March 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

TUNISIA—At the Ras Jedir border crossing, foreign workers who had been residing in Libya cross the border into Tunisia. Among them were Egyptians, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Vietnamese and Sudanese, March 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

RAS LANUF, Libya—Rebels drive toward the front line after pro-Qaddafi forces retook Ras Lanuf, March 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

RAS LANUF, Libya—Rebels drive toward the front line after pro-Qaddafi forces retook Ras Lanuf, March 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

LIBYA—The road between Ras Lanuf and Benghazi, 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

LIBYA—The road between Ras Lanuf and Benghazi, 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos


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The Bronx | 161st Steet

Posted: September 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, New York City

161st Street, The Bronx © Doug Kim, iPhone 4

161st Street, The Bronx © Doug Kim, iPhone 4


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