Kev’s still in Bunker Malmesbury as Covid restrictions prevent the boys being in the same airspace as one another, but they still manage to tackle X100V questions, how they intend to get match fit for the return of weddings, their feelings about Instax products, recovering lost files, Martin Parr’s old and new work, the importance of testimonials, messing up mid-job, presenting a photo TV show and stitching panoramas. Pete Reed is our special guest and Josef Koudelka’s ‘Gypsies’ is the book of the week. As ever send your questions in to [email protected] 

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Today’s guest is Pete Reed

Triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Pete Reed MBE, OBE is our very special guest today.

Book of the week is Josef Koudelka’s Gypsies

‘A classic of documentary photography  an extraordinary testament to Koudelka’s keen eye and darkly romantic imagination’ Observer

Gypsies is based on the original maquette for Josef Koudelka s book Cikáni (Czech for Gypsies), prepared by Koudelka and graphic designer Milan Kopriva in 1968, and intended for publication in Prague in 1970. However, Koudelka left Czechoslovakia in 1970, and the book was never published in that original form.

Now available in an affordable compact edition, the book has been revised and resequenced. Comprising 109 photographs taken between 1962 and 1971 in what was Czechoslovakia (Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia), Romania, Hungary, France and Spain, it is a unique record of a vanished world. The Gypsies in these images were photographed during the 1960s, mostly in a state that no longer exists, and ruled by a regime that disintegrated in 1989. Will Guy, author of the text that accompanied the first publication of Gypsies, contributes an entirely new essay tracing the migration of the Roma from their original homeland in northern India, to their current status one that continues to be contested internationally.

A few more things we discuss this week

Oxfam Online shop for books. Some rare first editions can be found and the money all goes to charity.

Paul Szilard’s link that we talked about: 

Monolith Story: 

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