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Gujarat. Baroda (Vadodara). 1948. On the 39th birthday of the maharajah of Baroda, sugar-balls are distributed to the poor.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white photograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 918, box P

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting groups of people at the side of a vehicle, receiving a ball of sugar. One man has his hands stretching through the crowd whilst an older man at the front holds out a piece of fabric to receive the food.

Place of Origin

India (made)


1948 (made)


Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Black and white photograph


Width: 29.5 cm, Height: 39.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting groups of poverty-stricken people receiving a sugar ball on the birthday of the maharajah in Gujarat. India, 1948.


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Sugar; Poverty; Crowds; Beggars; Poor; Hunger


Photographs; Poverty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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