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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sur les bords de la Marne, 1938 © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson & Phillips
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sur les bords de la Marne, 1938 © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson & Phillips

To coincide with the exhibition “Josef Koudelka – La fabrique d’exils” which Is being shown at the Pompidou Centre from  February 22nd to  May 22nd 2017, ARTE is presenting a previously unseen portrait of the famous photographer.



After growing up behind the iron curtain, the Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka became famous thanks to his iconic photos of the invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968. Almost 50 years later, he was deeply moved to discover the nine-metre-high wall built by Israel in the West Bank.

This started a  four years photographic project  in the region, during which the image hunter confronted the harsh reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From one spectacular location to another, the director Gilad Baram, then assistant to Josef Koudelka (who allowed himself to be filmed for the first time), followed him on his journey in the Holy Land.

Koudelka Shooting Holy Land
Documentary by Gilad Baram
(Germany/Czech Republic, 2015, 1h12mn)
Prix Jeune Public, Corsica Docs Festival – France 2016
Prix Spécial du Jury, Finále Plzeň – Czech Republic 2016
Skyarte Award, Trieste Film Festival –  Italy 2017

Monday 20th March at 12.30am and on ARTE +7

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