Agra, India, 1977
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Agra, India, 1977

Denis Thorpe


A family picks its way through a flood during monsoon season in India, where Guardian photographer Denis Thorpe was sent in 1977 on assignment for the foreign desk. He spotted the figures from a long way off, “and I had to sprint to get to them”, Thorpe recalls. “My lungs were bursting. I love how contained they are: the father carrying animal fodder, the mother carrying grain, and the dog leading the way.” Their figures are reflected in the water, while water buffalo wallow in the foreground. 


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