Dessau, Germany

Henri Cartier-Bresson French

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First exhibited under the title "Exposing a stool-pigeon in a displaced persons camp, Dessau, Germany," this picture transcends ordinary photojournalism, offering a thin slice of action resonant with human truth beyond the incident depicted. The picture's dramatis personae are embodiments of Rage and Shame standing before Justice with a Greek chorus in the background observing the action. The liberation of German camps and their prisoners' return to civilian life was a subject Cartier-Bresson understood deeply, having spent three years in German prisoner-of-war camps, successfully escaping to France only on his third attempt.

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