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"If I have anything to say, it may be found in my images." —Josef Koudelka

This weekend the Art Institute of Chicago opens a significant exhibition, Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful. The Czech-born, French nationalized photographer isn’t the settling down type. Since vacating his country in 1970 for greater political freedom in England, where he joined the photo agency Magnum, Koudelka has led a life, at the age of 76, of wander and wonder.

This new show will exhibit the complete surviving 22 photographs of the début presentation of his famed 1967 Gypsies, along with original photobooks and ephemera. While the exhibition, sadly, will not be coming to NYC, it later travels to the J. Paul Getty Museum (LA) and the Fundación MAPFRE (ES). 

What makes Koudelka’s work exceptional? It’s his intangible ability to suffuse images with the poignancy of loss, emptiness, and a feeling that above it all, life is a fascinating mystery in all its pathos and beauty. I often find myself coming back to his work again and again. It’s poetry for the eyes.—Lane Nevares

"You don’t see the things you photograph. You feel them."André Kertész

Tucked away in the Clamp Art gallery, Evzen Sobek’s Life In Blue series is a little gem of a show. I first encountered this series, shot along the Nové Mlýny reservoirs in the Czech Republic, upon publication of the monograph in 2011. Since then it has gathered notoriety and has been featured in many blogs and publications. I was pleased to see the work first-hand and in relation to one another.

For those of you in NYC, I include a visit to this show on my fine art photography tour to illustrate how deceptively easy it appears, but how difficult it is, to achieve coherency in a body of work. In this series, the color blue is the ostensible motif, but Sobek’s ability to create a consistent mood, or feeling, is what makes the work shine. Join me and others for lively conversation and fun this Saturday. —Lane Nevares