'In The Shade of the Tree is a unique photographic record of a world few outsiders gain access to and fewer still understand in any depth. Peter Sanders has devoted 35 years to capturing aspects of the Islamic world all too often ignored in an age of constant change and upheaval. His ravishing portfolio of a vibrant but seemingly vanishing world of saints and mystics across the Muslim world counter-pointed by haunting landscapes and architectural wonders, is infused with a profound and reflective serenity that could only be achieved by a master of his craft who is also a spiritual adept. All the words accompanying these remarkable images come from the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, spiritual masters or the photographer himself.'
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Peter Sanders began his career in the 1960s as one of London's leading 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 the late 1960s Sanders embarked on a spiritual journey that would take him to India and North Africa and then, in 1971 to the Holy City of Makkah where he photographed the Hajj, at a time when few professional photographers had access to Islam's holiest sanctuary. Since then he has several times been granted special access to photograph the protected cities of Makkah and Madinah. His empathy with both spiritual masters and ordinary people has opened many doors, allowing him to be the first person to photograph many great Muslim scholars. Having travelled far and wide, Peter Sanders has built up an archive of photographs that are in great demand from publishers and media houses around the world.Review:
A serene, spiritually uplifting and thought provoking book. Excellent quotations from traditional sources, accompanied also by the photographer's personal experiences, giving more insight. An eye capturing the captivating beauty, innocence and mystery of the muslim world. Many favourite photos. Definately recommended, especially for the traveller.... -- --amazon
Peter Sanders, What can be said about him?...Is he the Khalil Gibran of the photographic world? He is an amazing photographer who has the ability to capture simple moments and portray them, so they become everlasting within the viewers mind. Peace, serenity, and tranquility come to mind when vieweing his photographs. and the sources quoted provide much depth to his work...abit pricey from Amazon...but every penny invested in this is money well spent... --amazon
The photography of Peter Sanders takes us into a new world of possibilties and challenges us to humanise the 'other'. A man who straddles East and West, Sanders captures the spiritual depth and universal message of the lived Muslim experience in a way few others have. Each photograph is the starting point for a narrative that ought to be written by those who view them. A blessed and marvelous work! --amazon
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Book Description Inspiral Books, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11095571060X