All too familiar
Forty years ago tomorrow, the Soviet Union invaded its satellite, Czechoslovakia, and ended a period of political liberalization known as the Prague Spring. A 21-year-old photographer, Marketa Luskacova, was there in 1968, recording the tanks, the grief, the chaos. In August 2008, the specific situation is different, but the photographic evidence from Georgia is startlingly familiar. Luskacova’s Prague photos are old and new: She had abandoned her negatives when she left for Britain a few years later. Then, last year, in a cache of her father’s papers, she found nine forgotten prints. Like the two published here, they document then, and resonate now.