The search for light: An odyssey into the world of Islam
24 November | 18:30 – 21:00 | Aga Khan Centre, London
Join Peter Sanders for a journey through Islamic lands, a voyage that influenced not only his photography but also his system of belief. Peter’s photography is truly breathtaking, and it brings the beauty of the Islamic world to the viewer in a unique and intimate way.
From Morocco to China, Peter will take you through a world of stunning beauty and bring it to life with his vibrant photographs and scintillating stories. The talk will show how the places Peter captured with his camera have captured so many hearts and minds. The event will include a panel discussion (18:30 – 20:00) and a reception with some light refreshments and a chance to speak to Peter (20:00 – 21:00).
This talk is brought to you by The Barakat Trust, the Aga Khan Centre Gallery and the Aga Khan Foundation. The Barakat Trust is a UK-based charity which supports the study and preservation of Islamic art and heritage, with over 750 grants given across more than 40 countries to promote and protect Islamic cultural heritage.
The Aga Khan Centre is a place for education, knowledge, cultural exchange and insight into Muslim civilisations. The Aga Khan Centre Gallery, located on the ground floor, is home to a changing programme of exhibitions and events that aim to create a better understanding of Islam and Muslim cultures, past and present.
The Aga Khan Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life, promote pluralism, and enhance self-reliance in marginalised communities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Peter Sanders is the world’s pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world. For more than 55 years, he has captured over half a million images reflecting a rich traditional civilisation filled with warmth, humanity and compassion.
Peter began his career in the mid 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. This was a springboard which led him to his early travels throughout India and then to Morocco documenting their various faiths. In 1971 he photographed the Hajj after obtaining a unique permission for a westerner at that time.
The talk will be moderated by Christopher Wilton-Steer, the Global Lead of Communications at the Aga Khan Foundation and an independent travel photographer.