Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908–2004)
Gelatin silver print
8 15/16 x 13 9/16 in. (22.7 x 34.5 cm)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.168)
© Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
This photograph depicts a group of refugees at the Kurukshetra camp performing simple exercises to drive away lethargy and despair. Framed against a blank wall, as if in an ancient frieze, the wildly dancing figures appear eternally suspended between desperation and ecstasy.