Josef Koudelka’s Gitans, la fin du voyage, published in 1975 by Éditions Delpire in France, and by Aperture in the United States (under the title Gypsies)—not to mention a special edition prepared by MoMA—is a classic 20th century work, and much sought-after by collectors.
The latest, expanded edition of the work is based on the original layouts for Cikáni (“gypsy” in Czech), prepared in 1968 by Josef Koudelka and the graphic designer Milan Kopriva. Intended for publication in Prague in 1970, the project was cut short by Koudelka’s sudden departure from Czechoslovakia after he photographed the August invasion by Soviet troops.
Once in Paris, Koudelka worked with Robert Delpire to create a collection of 60 photographs taken in Romani camps in Eastern Slovakia from 1962 to 1968.
Now the the artist and Robert Delpire have prepared an expanded edition featuring 109 photographs taken from 1962 to 1971 across not only Czechoslovakia (Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia), but also in Romania, Hungary, France and Spain.
Will Guy, the sociologist who authored the introduction to the first edition fo the work, has updated his essay to retrace the migration of the Romani people from their original home in northern India to their current, controversial residence is several European countries.
Format: 241 x 320 mm, 192 pages
109 photographs in black-and-white
Text by Will Guy and Robert Delpire