Peter Sanders is the world’s pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world. For more than 45 years, he has captured over half a million images reflecting a rich traditional civilization filled with warmth, humanity and compassion.
He began his career in the 1960s as one of London’s leading rock and roll photographers, and his images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, among others, are today considered classics of the period.
After trekking through India and Morocco, meeting Hindu swamis and Sufi saints, he found his true calling: to share with the world images of the people and places enlightened by knowledge of the Divine. Over the next five decades, Sanders crisscrossed Asia, Africa and Europe, seeking those who have “awoken” as well as the spaces that have traditionally inspired people to experience presence and wholeness.
His first published photographic essay, ‘In the Shade of the Tree’, is an examination of the fleeting nature of the life through snapshots of a traditional Islamic world fast disappearing under the tides of modernity and extremism.