Holi festival, Rajasthan, India, 1996

The Holi festival is also known as the festival of colours and this image by McCurry shows why. With powder bombs exploding around him, this man is in a state of reverie as he is carried aloft through the crowd. In form and content it is an image of intense fervour and excitement.

Magnum Photos, NYC94205, MCS1996002K308

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