20 January 2009 – 19 June 2009
The Art of Integration: Islam in Britain shows the talent of the photographer as well as the diversity of the society that he is portraying. Peter Sanders has emerged as one of the most skilful photographers in Britain today. His focus has been Muslims from all over the world, but particularly from the more remote and traditional societies such as Mauritania, Hadramawt, China and Japan.
Sanders, born in London, began his photographic career during the mid-Sixties, when he captured most of the major music icons of the era, including Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. In 1970 his attention turned inward, setting him on a spiritual path that led to the Muslim world. In 1971 he was granted the unique opportunity of photographing the Hajj. These images appeared in major UK and European magazines such as the Sunday Times Magazine, the Observer and Paris Match.
Illustrating the subtleties of a faith is no easy task. His deepest concern at the moment is to bridge the cultural divide between the secular West and Islam. Being in the position of seeing the beauty of Islam from within, it is this that he wants to share with others. By using his own homeland as a subject, Sanders has turned an observant eye on a country that now has a large and significant Muslim population. The results are both incisive and aesthetically satisfying.