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Getty's Josef Koudelka retrospective is grim yet riveting
Getty's Josef Koudelka retrospective is grim yet riveting

Given subjects that repeatedly focus on human barbarism, whether between people or by people against the natural environment, you won't find yourself smiling much in the large Josef Koudelka retrospective at the J. Paul Getty Museum. But again and again, you won't be able to avert your eyes. Bleak and powerful, the best images by the Czech-born French photographer merge incisive reportage with a keen sense of graphic design. A great Koudelka photograph creates an almost subliminal perspective, which burrows into your slowly awakening consciousness. In a picture composed only of pure landscape, without a human being anywhere in sight, a 1994 photograph of ecological...

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