Kanu Gandhi, 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 has his work been acknowledged for its historical and artistic importance.
To give a forgotten photographer his due credit, Nazar Foundation, working closely with his family, rescued his material from obscurity, first showing it as part of the Delhi Photo Festival in 2011 and publishing it under the title Kanu's Gandhi as part of its Nazar Photography Monographs in 2016. An exhibition followed that was on tour from 2016 to 2019.
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Nazar Photography Monographs 04: KANU'S GANDHI
Culled from a long forgotten archive, the meticulously researched, painstakingly restored and exquisitely produced book reveal rare and personal photographs of the Mahatma during the last ten years of his life.
Photographs: Kanu Gandhi
Text: Prashant Panjiar
150 pages, 92 plates
22.2 X 23.5 cm / 8.75 X 9.25 in
Comments: cloth bound hardcover with window cut and a pasted print under as the cover image.
Project Curator: Prashant Panjiar
Monograph Editor: Sanjeev Saith
Design: Gopika Chowfla
Publisher: Nazar Foundation
Publication Date: October 2015
Rs. 1500* only
KANU'S GANDHI EXHIBITION
Curated by Prashant Panjiar and Sanjeev Saith, this exhibition comprises of 42 framed photographs, each 16 in X 16 in, from the book "Kanu's Gandhi".
ICC, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Hanager Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
Bibliotheca, Alexandria, Egypt
Villa des Artes, Rabat, Morocco
Galerie Mohamed Kacimi, Fes, Morocco
Turner House gallery, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Chobi Mela, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, CSMVS, Mumbai, India
Museum of Goa, Pilerne, Goa, India
National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore, India
Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India
Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, Ahmedabad, India
Kanoria Centre for the Arts, Ahmedabad, India
Delhi Photo Festival 2015, Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts, New Delhi, India
Delhi Photo Festival 2011, India. Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India