Czech photographer Josef Koudelka is the recipient of the Dr. Erich Salomon Award, given out by the German Society for Photography (DGPh). The awards ceremony takes place on 7 November at the Folkwang Museum in Essen.
Born 1938 in Boskovice (now Czech Republic), Koudelka is one of the most distinguished and influential photographers of the past decades. When the troops of the Warsaw Pact brought a violent end to the Prague Spring in 1968, Koudelka captured the scenes of defeat in intense black and white photographs with strong visual contrasts. His perspective was one one of empathetic distance – a juxtaposition that is also part of his later work, and forms the basis of his remarkable oeuvre of clear, poignantly expressive images.
Dr. Erich Salomon
The annual award, which honours 'the exemplary application of photography in journalism' was established in memory of Dr. Erich Salomon, the leading photographer of the Weimar Republic who greatly influenced the development of modern photojournalism.
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