Previously at the ICA - Films
24 Feb 2017
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with photographer Josef Koudelka and director Gilad Baram.
A unique and intimate look into the creative process of Josef Koudelka, one of photography’s greatest living masters. Czech Photographer Josef Koudelka grew up behind the Iron Curtain and always wanted to know “what was on the other side”. Forty years after capturing the iconic images of the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, the legendary Magnum photographer arrives in Israel and Palestine. On first seeing the nine-meter-high wall built by Israel in the West Bank, Koudelka is deeply shaken and embarks on a four-year project in the region which will confront him once again with the harsh reality of violence and conflict.
Director Gilad Baram, Koudelka’s assistant at the time, follows him on his journey through the Holy Land from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to another. In each location—soon to become a new “Koudelka photo”—a new scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working and his perception of the world he is documenting as well as the people he encounters. A fascinating dialogue emerges between Baram’s cinematography and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own compositions. Their austere images of a landscape carved up by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict.
Following this special event Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land will continue screening at the ICA until 28 February.
Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land, dir. Gilad Baram, Germany/Czech Republic 2015, 72 mins