Exhibition - GYPSIES - Part of the retrospective
Between 1962 and 1971, Josef Koudelka travelled through his native Czechoslovakia and beyond to rural Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. His main subject was the Romany Gypsies. Drawn to their nomadic lifestyle, rituals and customs, Koudelka took on a nomadic lifestyle on his own, often travelling with little more than a camera, rucksack and a sleeping bag as he journeyed into his subject matter.
Koudelka’s stark images depict the simplicity of Gypsy life, but he does not present their situation as a social problem that should somehow be fixed. Instead, he shows the Gypsies as perpetual outsiders,...