Peter Sanders began his career in the mid 1960s as one of London’s key photographers of rock musicians. His pictures of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others performing are classics of the genre.
In 1970, he set off for India, cameras in hand. He travelled for seven months. This trip became a spiritual odyssey that led him onto Morocco and thereafter to the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, where he photographed the hajj, at a time when few professional photographers had access to Islam’s holiest sanctuaries.
Continuing to travel far and wide, Peter Sanders has built up a photographic archive of well over a quarter of a million transparencies from forty countries around the world. His first book ‘In The Shade of the Tree’ (now in its second reprint) gives a wonderful insight into the diversity of the Muslim cultures around the world whilst his second book ‘The Art of Integration, Islam in England’s green and pleasant land’, shows an alternative picture of Muslims integrated completely within British society. From Eton, Sandhurst, District Judges and the House of Lords, to supermarkets, transport workers, poets, artists and musicians.
His third book ‘Meetings with Mountains’ is the result of a fort year project, about the extraordinary scholars and living saints that Peter has had the privilege to meet during his forty years of travelling. His empathy with both spiritual masters and ordinary people have opened many doors, allowing him to be the first person to photograph them.
Peter was granted a commission by the King of Morocco’s Ministry, to document all the important mosques, madrassah and zawiyas of Morocco and was given access to the whole of Morocco over a four-year period. This archive of images will be edited to produce a series of beautiful books and an exhibition.
He has been exhibiting his work around the world for the past ten years and his fine art prints continue to be sought after. Last year, he supplied all the art prints for the Shaza Hotel Madinah, an elegant new brand of hotel that is truly a celebration of a contemporary eastern world.
For the last two years, Peter Sanders Photography began the immense task of scanning and thus digitalizing his vast collection of over a quarter of a million transparencies to create islamicimages.com which will be the first on-line website dedicated to the Islamic world. Once it is launched, historical and other important collections will be added.