Photographs by Josef Koudelka
Texts by Alain Schnapp, Héloïse Conésa, and Bernard Latarjet

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12 2/5 x 9 ½ in. (31.5 x 24 cm) 368 pages, 171 black-and-white images Hardback 978-1-59711-489-9 June 2020

Ruins is the newest monograph by acclaimed Magnum photographer and bestselling author, Josef Koudelka.

For more than twenty years, Koudelka has traveled through the Mediterranean—visiting places such as Italy, Libya, Greece, and Syria—to photograph more than two hundred archaeological sites. Stark and mesmerizing panoramic photographs take the viewer to Delphi, Pompeii, Petra, Carthage, and other ancient locations, including sites now greatly altered or destroyed due to recent conflict. Ruins is a monument of architectural and cultural history, as well as civilizations long past. Published to coincide with a major exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, this volume includes enlightening texts by a Greek studies expert, curator, and agricultural engineer that cast another look at antiquity and its ruins.

Josef Koudelka (born in Moravia, Czech Republic, 1938) is a member of Magnum Photos and has received the Prix Nadar, Grand Prix National de la Photographie, HCB Award, and Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and International Center of Photography, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. 

Alain Schnapp is emeritus professor of Greek archaeology and the former director of the faculty of art history and archaeology at the Sorbonne. He directed the Institut national d’histoire de l’art from its creation until 2005. 

Héloïse Conésa is a curator at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, in charge of the contemporary photography collection. 

Bernard Latarjet is an agricultural engineer and serves as head of the Monfort-Théâtre in Paris, chair of the Office national de diffusion artistique, and chair of the Association des Centres culturels de rencontre.