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This study introduces the reader to the life and work of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, often using rare and never-before-seen photography. The photographs derive from two main collections, one from the photo-archives of Gandhi's former biographer Vithalbhai Jhaveri, and of Kanu Gandhi, Gandhi's great-nephew. Jhaveri made it his life's work to collect photographs of M.K. Gandhi from sources around the world. After Jhaveri's death, Peter Ruhe turned the extensive photo collection of over 9000 prints into a photo-archive of the highest standard through scientific cataloguing and computerization. Kanu Gandhi lived with M.K. Gandhi for the last 12 years of his life and was the only person Gandhi gave permission to photograph him, but with three conditions: that the freedom movement would not fund it, that he was not to use flash and that Gandhi would not pose for him. This collection is therefore a precious and intimate view of the more private side of Gandhi's life.


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