Koudelka’s “Gypsies” at the Image festival Amman
March 20, 2019
by Josef Koudelka
Providing a poignant insight into their nomadic lifestyle, for Josef Koudelka documented the Gypsy communities he encountered on his travels
Photographing between 1962 and 1971, Koudelka was drawn to the nomadic lifestyle, rituals and customs of the Romany Gypsies he encountered whilst taking on a nomadic lifestyle of his own, travelling through his native Czechoslovakia and beyond to rural Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. Despite depicting the simplicity of Gypsy life, Koudelka does not present their situation as a social problem that should somehow be fixed. Instead, he shows the Gypsies as perpetual outsiders, and their lives as a primal mix of glee and wonder, sorrow and mystery.
Organized by Darat Al Tasweer