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In 1962, Joseph Koudelka embarked on an eight-years’ project, a photo-essay in the tradition of Life magazine on the Gypsies of Czechoslovakla. Composed of portraits where the sitters were facing the camera, Koudelka dealt with the daily lives of Gypsies.

In Joseph Koudelka embarked on an eight-years’ project, a photo-essay in the tradition of Life magazine on the Gypsies of Czechoslovakla. Composed of portraits where the sitters were facing the camera, Koudelka dealt with the daily lives of Gypsies.

Genetically, Gypsies are of Indian descent. The Romani are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who have been traced genetically to a group migrating from the north-western Indian Subcontinent about 1500 years ago. Romani are widely known in the English-speaking world by the exonym "Gypsies" (or Gipsies). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romani_people

Genetically, Gypsies are of Indian descent. The Romani are an ethnic group…

'Gypsy' by Konstantin Makovsky.

“Painting of a gypsy girl”, Konstantin Makovsky. ——— (Please note that if I were to set the title of the painting, I’d rather call her a Roma girl. “Gypsy” carries a lot of bad connotations within.

A unique picture from the 1890's. The first immigrating Romany: From left to right: Johan Taikon, Kori Janschetji, head man for the 450 Romany who live in Sweden under the names of Taikon-Kelderash and Bessik, also Vorso Taikon, dead in young years.

A unique picture from the The first immigrating Romany: From left to right: Johan Taikon; Kori Janschetji, head man for the 450 Romany who live in Sweden under the names of Taikon-Kelderash and Bessik; also Vorso Taikon.

Gypsies_21 India www.kulturom.ru International Society for the Romani Culture Studies

Photo: Faces of the Roma

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert, Roma of Sintesti, Romania, www.ru International Society for the Romani Culture Studies