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CAS Museum 2008 Fall Koudelka

Invasion 68: Prague,
Photographs by Josef Koudelka

November 11 through December 28, 2008

Moravia-born theatre photographer Josef  Koudelka was thirty years old in 1968 and had never covered a news event. On the night of August 21 the city was invaded by Soviet tanks, ending the political liberation of Czechoslovakia historically known as the Prague Spring.

Koudelka took a series of photographs of the events in Prague and managed to have them smuggled out of the country. They reached New York and a year later the reportage was distributed by Magnum Photos. To avoid reprisals, the images were credited to an unknown Czech photographer—which did not stop Koudelka from winning the Robert Capa Award anonymously.

Images:

(Top left) Josef Koudelka, Invasion by Warsaw Pact Troops,
Prague, Czechoslovakia, August 1968.
Archival print. 35 3/4 x 25 1/4 in.
Courtesy of Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos.

(Top right) Josef Koudelka, Warsaw Pact Tanks Invade Prague.
Prague, Czechoslovakia, August 1968.
Archival print. 35 3/4 x 25 1/4 in.
Courtesy of Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos.