Josef Koudelka started using a camera in panoramic format in 1986 while participating in the photographic mission of the Interministerial Delegation for Regional Planning and Development (DATAR), whose objective was to “represent the French landscape of the 1980s”. He thus crisscrossed France, then the entire world, to take stock of modern humanity’s influence on landscape.
These images, which are on show at Foto / Industria Biennial in Bologna until November 19, 2017, bear witness to major human works, ranging from factories to quarries, or enormous mining complexes and abandoned zones. They carry the reader into inaccessible and little-known areas, between sublime and disarray, to witness the imposing reality of industry that we try now to erase. Continue reading.