Prague Invasion Photo Chosen as One of World’s Most Iconic

Time Magazine has picked Josef Koudelka’s 1968 photo of the Soviet Invasion of Prague as one of the most influential images of all time

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 23.11.2016 15:18:23 (updated on 23.11.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

Migrant Mother, Falling Man, the Loch Ness Monster, the Hindenberg Disaster – these are some of the most iconic images of all-time, collected together in a new series by Time Magazine titled 100Photos

Among the 100 photos is a document of the Soviet Invasion of Prague in 1968, captured by Moravian-born photographer Josef Koudelka.

While Koudelka took a number of iconic images of Soviet tanks marching through Prague’s streets amidst protestors, there was one image of the invasion that stood out above all.

It’s a man’s outstretched forearm with a watch face displaying a midday time. In the background, the streets of Wenceslas Square are completely barren.

Photo © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos
Photo © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos

Koudelka’s images were smuggled out of the country and published throughout international media the following year. They would paint the definitive portrait of the 1968 invasion. 

More of Koudelka’s Invasion 68 photography can be seen in the video below:

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