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Comparison of Two Pictures by Josef Koudelka

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Comparison of Two Pictures by Josef Koudelka Both of the pictures that I have chosen for my compare and contrast are by Josef Koudelka. The first picture is called Czechoslovakia and was taken in 1968. It seems to be a modern social image. When you look at the man's watch you can see that the picture was taken in the middle of the day, yet there is no one around. This makes the viewer wonder why such and obviously urban landscape is barren. It is a static, horizontal, monochromatic, fine image that is taken from both bird's eye as well as eye level. The watch in this image is at eye level but the rest of the image is taken from bird's eye, which helps to give the image a sense of distance. ...read more.

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The other picture that I chose was called Spain and was taken in 1971. It appears to be a picture of a village celebration. It is a modern, social and historical moment in time because even if the event were to occur the next year the people would have changed quite a bit and they might celebrate in a different place. This fine monochromatic image was taken outside in what could either be a village or a small suburb; it is hard to tell with the smoke and general lack of light. It is taken at eye-level towards dusk. The time of day as well as the subject of the picture makes it really interesting because none of the faces are really clear, so it could be anyone. ...read more.

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However, in Spain I find that the dusk lighting as well as the smoke really helps to highlight the fact that there is something deceitful going on and that the viewer has to be careful and make their own judgements which are not based on first impressions. I find Czechoslovakia to be a more successful image because it is more honest and I do not get an uneasy feeling looking at it like I do when I see Spain. If Spain was meant as a commentary on the photographers view on politicians or a similar matter I think it is very successful, but otherwise it seems very awkward and out of place because based on the peoples body language, it is not the happy occasion that the viewer is originally led to believe. Overall, I like Czechoslovakia better than Spain and think that it is the more successful image. ...read more.

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