An interesting look at the life and work of acclaimed street photographer Josef Koudelka, by Ted Forbes.

Josef Koudelka is a Czech photographer born in 1938. Originally an aeronautical engineer by trade Josef became intensely committed to photography by the mid- 1960s and quickly became one of the most influential, iconic photographers of his generation.

Koudelka began his career as a professional photographer when he was around 30 years old and started off by working for Czech theatre companies. About a year later Koudelka risked his life to document the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. His negatives of the event were smuggled into the West, and the images were reproduced worldwide, ultimately forcing his exile in 1970. It’s this body of work that he has perhaps become most famous for – although it was many years before he took credit for any of the images.

Ted Forbes  from The Art of Photography tells us more about Josef’s life and his exceptional body of work. You watch more of Ted’s videos on the The Art of Photography YouTube channel or by following him on any of the following social channels: TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterest or their Website.