Bearing witness to courage . . . 28
In the face of crushing totalitarianism, the artist Josef Koudelka served as our single most important witness to the flickering human spirit in Eastern Europe. His life’s work has, at last, been assembled into one piece, and is raised high in a handsome, heavy monograph bearing his name. “Koudelka” arrays more than 50 years of his best work. We get to watch a renowned and eloquent storyteller wander in and out of focus, the emotions of his message veering from hot to cold, from concrete to abstract, literally from softly out-of-focus to vindictively sharp.