bresson’s kashmir


INDIA. Kashmir. Srinagar. 1948. Muslim women on the slopes of Hari Parbal Hill, praying toward the sun rising behind the Himalayas. Photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson

It’s famous, because it’s remarkable. It’s remarkable because the immensity of the scene, and the significance of the composure, is amplified by mountains. Dark and resolute, they are a religion in themselves.


  1. arham

    The women u have mentioned is not praying towards the sun rise as Muslims do not pray like that she is actually facing towards the Hazratbal Shrine & has raised her hands towards the shrine which is not in frame .I my self know this place So i request your good self to edit the title/interpretation of the image (praying toward the sun) If u want any photographic or any other evidence i can provide that

    • owenvcox

      Thanks for your comment. I have used the caption from Magnum Photos, which I understand is the accepted form for this famous image. I take the literal meaning from this caption, in absence of any further detail or personal experience.

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