Photography great Koudelka makes large donation to Czech state

The great Czech-born photographer Josef Koudelka has donated nearly 2,000 photographs that represent his life’s work to Czech state arts institutions.

Some 1,800 pictures – including from Koudelka’s famous series capturing the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 – are going to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The rest will be administered by other institutions.

Speaking at the Ministry of Culture, the world-famous photographer said he felt reassured that his works would be well tended in future, adding that there would be more such donations.

Author: Ian Willoughby