Josef Koudelka: Next. Number of pages: 352. Number of images: 282. Publication date: 2023-11-21. Aperture Books

An intimate portrait of the life and work of one of photography’s most renowned and celebrated artists. Throughout his more than sixty-year-long obsession with the medium, Josef Koudelka considers a remarkable range of photographic subjects—from his early theater work, to his seminal project on the Roma and his legendary coverage of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague, to the solitariness of exile and the often-devastating impact humans have had on the landscape. Josef Koudelka: Next embraces all of Koudelka’s projects and his evolution as an artist in the context of his life story and working process. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of almost a decade with Koudelka—as well as ongoing conversations with his friends, family, colleagues, and collaborators worldwide—this deftly told, richly illustrated biography offers an unprecedented glimpse into the mind of this notoriously private photographer. Writer, editor, and curator Melissa Harris has independently crafted a unique, in-depth, and revelatory personal history of both the man and his photography. Josef Koudelka: Next is richly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, including many biographical and behind-the-scenes images from Koudelka’s life, as well as iconic images from his work, from the 1950s to the present. The visual presentation is conceived in collaboration with Koudelka himself, as well as his longtime collaborator, Czech designer Aleš Najbrt. Copublished by Aperture and Magnum Foundation.

Josef Koudelka: Next is a visual biography written by Melissa Harris that explores the life and work of renowned photographer Josef Koudelka. It covers his diverse range of subjects, from theater to the Roma community, the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague, exile, and the impact people have had on the landscape.

The book is a comprehensive exploration of Josef Koudelka’s artistic journey and his life story. It provides insight into the mind and world of this private photographer, drawing from extensive interviews conducted over nearly a decade with Koudelka and conversations with his friends, family, colleagues, and collaborators from around the globe. Through Melissa Harris’ storytelling and rich illustrations, readers are treated to a uniquely in-depth personal history of the photographer and his work.

Josef Koudelka: Next showcases hundreds of photographs, including personal and behind-the-scenes images from Koudelka’s life, along with iconic images from his extensive body of work spanning from the 1950s to the present. The visual presentation of the book is a result of a collaborative effort between Koudelka and his longtime partner, Czech designer Aleš Najbrt.

SPAIN. Andalusia. Guadix. 1971.

By Melissa Harris. Photographs by Josef Koudelka. Designed by Aleš Najbrt.
Melissa Harris is editor-at-large of Aperture and served as editor-in-chief of Aperture magazine from 2000 to 2012. Harris teaches at New York University’s Photography and Imaging Department at Tisch, and occasionally at Yale University. She is a trustee of the John Cage Trust and author of A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols (Aperture, 2017).
Josef Koudelka (born in Moravia, Czech Republic, 1938) is a member of Magnum Photos and has received the Prix Nadar, Grand Prix National de la Photographie, HCB Award, and Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and International Center of Photography, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Aleš Najbrt studied typography and book design with Jan Solpera at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague. He was an art director of the influential Czech weekly Reflex and founder of his own magazine, Raut. With Pavel Lev, he cofounded Studio Najbrt.