After trekking through India and Morocco, meeting Hindu swamis and Sufi saints, he found his true calling: to share with the world images of the people and places enlightened by knowledge of the Divine. Over the next five decades, Sanders crisscrossed Asia, Africa and Europe, seeking those who have “awoken” as well as the spaces that have traditionally inspired people to experience presence and wholeness.
His first published photographic essay, ‘In the Shade of the Tree’, is an examination of the fleeting nature of the life through snapshots of a traditional Islamic world fast disappearing under the tides of modernity and extremism.
His subsequent publication, The Art of Integration, is a landmark photo-essay of Muslims in Britain, heralded as a cultural bridge that, as HRH the Price of Wales wrote, “shows with great clarity how our human spirit simultaneously embraces both faith and nationality.”
Peter Sanders is presently finalising work on ‘Meetings with Mountains’, a unique photographic record of Muslim saints from around the world.
He is also compiling a photographic essay on Muslims in China and collaborating with author Michael Sugich on a work titled, ‘The Spirit of Morocco.’
A multiple award-winning photographer, Sanders has held, ‘The Art of Seeing’ photographic workshops across the globe and held exhibitions ranging from places as varied as Jerusalem and Stockholm to Timbuktu and Los Angeles. In the process, he has created the most comprehensive library of images of Islam, a library that is continually expanding.