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A book and an exhibition of rare and intimate photographs of Mahatma Gandhi by his grandnephew and personal chronicler.

Kanu Gandhi (1917 -1986), Mahatma Gandhi’s grandnephew came to live with him 
in the Sevagram Ashram and became his lifelong follower. Gandhi allowed Kanu to photograph him on the condition that no flash would be used; that he would never be asked to pose; and that the Ashram would not fund his photography. Though some of Kanu Gandhi’s images are well known to us, he was never credited for them. And even though some of his images have been reproduced in books on Gandhi, his work had not been published as one body of work nor was his work acknowledged for its historical and artistic importance. This exhibition following the publication of Nazar Photography Monographs 03 – Kanu’s Gandhi, edited by Sanjeev Saith, corrects this anomaly and gives a forgotten photographer his due credit.

The exhibition has been tour in India and internationally since 2015.


Photographs copyright: The Estate of Kanu Gandhi.

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