Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, the “father of India,” was cremated on this day in 1948, one day after he was assassinated on his way to daily prayer. Magnum founder Henri Cartier-Bresson, there to document Gandhi’s fast to protest rioting between Hindus and Muslims, covered this remarkable event as it unfolded.
NEW DELHI—At Birla House, Mahatma (meaning “great-souled”) Gandhi dictates a message, just before breaking his fast.
As the US military fights to gain stability in Iraq, doctors, nurses, and medics are working on the front lines to keep the casualties down. Thomas Dworzak was embedded with the 44th, 50th and 115th Medical Companies in Iraq.
Leaving the Ivory Tower
by Werner Bischof
Joining Magnum in 1949 and persuing stories concerning the human condition around the world, Werner Bischof was an important early defender of humanistic photojournalism.
In 1962 Leonard Freed went to Berlin to shoot the wall being erected. There he saw an African-American soldier standing in front of the wall and it struck him: At home in the United States, African-Americans were struggling for civil rights, and here in Germany an African-American soldier was ready to defend his nation. This prompted a lengthy examination by Freed of the plight of African-Americans in the United States. Freed traveled to New York, Washington, D.C., and throughout the South, capturing images of a racially entrenched society. The photos were then published in 1968 in Black in White America.