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Josef Koudelka: Wall - Israeli & Palestinian Landscape 2008-2012 [Hardcover]

Josef Koudelka
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7 Oct 2013
Josef Koudelkas Wall comprises panoramic landscape photographs he made from 2008 to 2012 in East Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and in various Israeli settlements along the route of the barrier separating Israel and Palestine. Whereas Israel calls it the security fence, Palestinians call it the apartheid wall, and groups like Human Rights Watch use the term separation barrier, the wall in Koudelkas project is metaphorical in naturefocused on it as a human fissure in the natural landscape. Sometimes blocks of concrete define the panoramas; at other times displaced olive treesa lifeline for one man, collateral damage in anothers claim for territorysubtly emerge. As in his Black Triangle project, made in the Bohemian foothills of the Ore Mountains in the early 1990s, Wall conveys the fraught relationships between humankind and nature and between closely related cultures. A chronology, lexicon, and captions provide context for the photographs. The book is designed by Xavier Barral, working closely with Koudelka, and is a coproduction by Aperture and Éditions Xavier Barral. Wall, with texts by Ray Dolphin written in collaboration with Koudelka and project advisor Gilad Baram, is part of a larger project, This Place, initiated by photographer Frédéric Brenner. This Place explores Israel as place and metaphor through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers, who were invited to look beyond dominant political narratives and to explore the complexity of the place and its resonance for people around the worldnot to judge, but to question and to reveal.

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (7 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597112410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597112413
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 38.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very disappointing indeed. Having lived, photographed and worked with young Palestinian photographers in Aida camp on the separation wall in and around Bethlehem I looked forward to seeing Koudelka's vision and interpretation. I'm afraid, to me, that these images lack all the things I look for - a distinct conceptual approach, compositional style, print quality (especially in terms of tonal quality of monochrome images), selection of vantage points etc. Thev images are 'muddy', often out of focus, and its frankly quite difficult to see how many of these images were selected. Above all - it doesn't do this important subject justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Koudelka is simply the best 21 Dec 2013
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Koudelka is simply the best. No need to explain, you must see the book and everything is visible, ha, ha!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wall of fear 25 Oct 2013
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Koudelka is back. After having bought his last book, LIME, I was no more so sure about Koudelka. It was a little bit a boring book, too many pictures and printed too dark (owing Koudleka's wishes).
Here it is another story. It is a beautiful book, with the kind of pictures that you were waiting for. It tells us a story about a wall, one more. The Chinese wall is turning to dust in the desert (at least the not renewed parts), the Berlin wall fell after 30 years, how long will this one last? The strange thing is that this wall turns two countries into a prison, not a nice thing. But for Israelis, there is no hope, the wall is their wall and it is the wall of FEAR, poor people.
Returning to the book, it is beautifully printed in China on a nice paper. The design by Xavier Barral brings Koudelka pictures to an incredible presence, even if they are so large that one or two of them seem to be unsharp. I have no problems with the cut in the middle of the spread, but may be some people will have some.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grim book for a grim time and place 10 Oct 2013
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Koudelka grew up under the grimness brought on by the shadow of the Soviet Empire--his earlier books reflect that reality.

Here, Koudelka brings that same vision to bear on the wall still under construction separating Israeli territory from that of the Palestinians. The book is full of sadness--the wall is obviously intended to "contain" the Palestinian "problem", and is being built at considerable expense by Israel, but shows how far one group of people feel they must go to stop suicide bombers...

I agree with the first reviewer that the printing in the book is difficult--to me, the images all seem dark and gloomy, too much ink on the page--and, yes, some of the images are not sharp, but I attributed that to Koudelka's camera work--he's working with big film, and not everything is in focus--something that is not the fault of the printer... But both the dark printing and the lack of focus contribute to the feel of the book.

I've heard many news stories about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians--but somehow this book manages to convey a mood of anguish that the news never carries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 26 Jan 2014
By Robert Ng - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again master works by Josef Koudelka! Excellent design with good printing on this book. Also a collector item. Cheers.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wall of fear 15 Oct 2013
By Marco Paoluzzo - Published on Amazon.com
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Koudelka is back. After having bought his last book, LIME, I was no more so sure about Koudelka. It was a little bit a boring book, too many pictures and printed too dark (owing Koudleka's wishes).
Here it is another story. It is a beautiful book, with the kind of pictures that you were waiting for. It tells us a story about a wall, one more. The Chinese wall is turning to dust in the desert (at least the not renewed parts), the Berlin wall fell after 30 years, how long will this one last? The strange thing is that this wall turns two countries into a prison, not a nice thing. But for Israelis, there is no hope, the wall is their wall and it is the wall of FEAR, poor people.
Returning to the book, it is beautifully printed in China on a nice paper. The design by Xavier Barral brings Koudelka pictures to an incredible presence, even if they are so large that one or two of them seem to be unsharp. I have no problems with the cut in the middle of the spread, but may be some people will have some.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quality problems with the printing. 31 Oct 2013
By Bruce Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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I preordered this book and looked forward to it. I was very disappointed. As other reviewers have written the printing quality is below standard. Some of the photographs appear to be out of focus and the tonal separations differ quite a lot from image to image. I wonder just what Koudelka himself feels about his most recent book. I intend contacting Amazon as I do not believe that this is acceptable quality for the price.

Pilgarlic.
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