Acclaimed British photographer’s fifty-year odyssey through the spirituality of Islam
Internationally acclaimed British photographer Peter Sanders is launching ‘Meetings with Mountains’, his long-awaited photographic essay on the saints and sages of Islam, in a series of events across Great Britain, which began with an intimate launch event in Yusuf Islam’s Maqam Centre in West London and a major event in St. George’s Hall, Bradford, at the Bradford Literary Festival. Other cities Sanders will visit include Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, High Wycombe, and Brecon Beacons in Wales.
The renowned Hadrami scholar Habib Ali al-Jifri joined Peter Sanders at the Bradford launch event and delivered a resounding endorsement:
“I came to this book launch for two reasons. First, that Peter Sanders and I have a brotherly connection and he is a person whose spirituality and tranquility is evident to those who see him. The second reason I came is that a man who has spent fifty years photographing faces that remind you of God when you look at them, and wants to convey those photos to people, is a service and effort that deserves recognition and attention.”
The 380-page book includes 250 images of men and women of intense spirituality from across the Islamic world the photographer has met and photographed since 1971 accompanied by his personal commentary on these encounters. Many of his subjects were never photographed before. Most, but not all, have passed away.
“The men and women pictured in this book are mountains,” writes Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in the foreword to the book. “They stand above the uniform field of human endeavor, not by their worldly success, but by the inward achievements of overcoming the ego and understanding humanity’s true purpose: to know, love and serve the Divine.”
Four more major launch events have been scheduled: two in Manchester (14th July at TIME, at VENUE) and 4th August at TIME at VENUE); Glasgow (28th July at TIME at Tramway and the Hidden Gardens, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE); and Nottingham (3rd August at TIME at VENUE).
In his preface to Meetings with Mountains Peter Sanders writes:
“The main purpose of this book is to show that these people have always existed and, most importantly, that their like still exists today. They are the noble beings of the spiritual world who spend their lives in worship and service, who are not attracted to this material world but live for the Next World. They yearn, above all else, to see the Face of their Lord, the Most Merciful, the Lord of all the Worlds. These people are not easily found except through sincerity and purity of heart, or—as I believe in my case—good fortune from God.”
‘Meetings with Mountains’ can be purchased at www.petersanders.com/mwm