Josef Koudelka is a legendary name in the world of documentary photography. Born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia in 1938, Josef began taking pictures of his hometown at the age of 15 with his first camera – a gift from his parents. He quickly developed an eye for capturing images that told stories and documented the lives of people around him.
As a young man, he studied engineering at the Technical University in Prague but soon realized that his true passion was for photography and decided to pursue it as a career instead.
At 18, Josef moved to Prague where he studied engineering at the Czech Technical University and worked as an aeronautical technician. He also became deeply interested in theatre performances, both attending shows and continuing his photography hobby on the side.