Bear­ing wit­ness to courage . . . 28

The Washington Times Weekly - - Page Two -

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.

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