This is a photograph by Josef Koudelka that came close to never being shared with the public. Curator Clément Chéroux convinced the photographer to include it in the selection for an exhibition. It shows a hand—Josef Koudelka’s—caressing braids of water streaming from a garden hose. The picture makes it seem like the hand can bend matter, scratching the surface of the world as if leaving its mark. And yet we know it’s just a jet of water that will be gone in the blink of a shutter, as soon as the photographer’s hand withdraws and turns off the valve.
This image best encapsulates Josef Koudelka’s work: all human undertaking is fleeting.
Retour sur l'entretien organisé par @professionphotographie avec Clément Cheroux, historien de la photographie sur le blog du Cejart 👉