By Peter Rühe
This striking compilation of almost 300 photographs offers a profound insight into the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) as both a public figure and a private individual. It embodies a precious and intimate view of a side to Gandhi’s life with which many are not as familiar, through a perspective that is at once pragmatic and personal. This book pursues a compelling visual narrative and permits us a very rare and highly privileged understanding of Gandhi – given via a diverse range of photographic lenses from the witty and ardent press, to the sensitive and intelligent agency and the ingenuous eye of a great nephew. The pictures in this compilation are also unique in that they follow Gandhi all the way from his early life in India, to his law studies in London, his work in South Africa, and finally his return to lead the struggle for Indian independence, which won him the title ‘father of the nation’ in India.
Author : Peter Rühe
Editors Sophie Spencer-Wood, Terence McNamee
Photographs : Sophie Spencer-Wood
Compiled by Terence McNamee
ISBN: 071484103X, 9780714841038
About The Author
Peter Rühe lives in Berlin and Mumbai, India. He is a specialist in the conservation of visual material depicting Gandhi and has worked on numerous television productions and multimedia events across the world. He is the founder of Gandhiserve, a registered charity that aims to teach others about Gandhi’s life and work and has contributed to the establishment of the Gandhi Information Centre in Berlin. In 1992 Rühe was recognized by the Gujarati Writer’s Association in Rajkot, India, for his astonishing support of Gandhi. Rühe’s over-arching aim is to assimilate first-hand information about Gandhi and India’s freedom movement in order that, accordingly, he may help the owners of any valuable material to maintain and make available their treasured films, letters, photographs and documents.