Monday, January 5, 2009
Photos that changed the World / Mahatma Gandhi by Margaret Brouke White
Mahatma Gandhi - to indians Bapu, the father of the Nation, the man of the Century, and the face on what really matters today - money!.
After returning to India from South Africa, he gave up wearing west styled clothing and started wearing Khadi. He and his followers also started advocating the use of homespun clothing. It was Gandhi's view that if Indians made their own clothes, it would be an economic blow to the British establishment in India. Consequently, the spinning wheel was later incorporated into the flag of the Indian National Congress
Picture shot by a New Jersey based photograper, Margaret Brouke White in 1946 while she was doing a story on India. She was also Life magazine's first woman photographer. Gandhi refused to be photographed untill she herself learnt how to use the spinning wheel! Which she eventually did. View some of her work at http://www.gallerym.com/artist.cfm?ID=17
Not to forget are her stunning images of the Partition of India. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/06/south_asia_india0s_partition/html/3.stm