Reconnaissance Wales. Photographs by Josef Koudelka. Text,"Picturing Wales," by Derrick Price. Ffotogallery, Cardif in association with the National Museums and Galleries of Wales & Magnum Photos., 1999. Unpaged. Quarto. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Hardbound with cloth spine. No jacket as issued. 16 duotone reproductions bound accordion style to produce seamless page spreads. Selected biography and exhibition checklist.
"[Koudelka's] landscapes look like they have not so much been taken as dug from the soil that they frame. Likewise, the moments he depicts may be fleeting, but there is always a deeper intransigence about them. Far from being timeless (as is sometimes claimed), they are saturated in time. Especially the panoramic images of unpeopled space. The impression of stubbornness - a quality shared by the people and places he photographs - is confirmed rather than contradicted by Koudelka's claim that he is 'drawn to what is ending, to what will soon no longer exist'. The panoramas make the world look like a place where, against all odds, human life thrived - but only briefly."--Geoff Dyer, "In the thick of it, The Guardian, November 17, 2006 In Reconnaissance, the longtime Magnum photographer continues his panoramic camera work, creating a dark, lyrical, and compelling view of the Welsh countryside. Unique and beautifully printed, the book is designed as an accordion-fold with spectacular double-page images and an illustrated index."--Magnum
Trace of rubbing to cover lettering (typical of this title); otherwise, crisp, Fine+