Photographs

Material acquired from the Kanu Gandhi estate

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Modern reproductions:

• 4 albums each containing a set of c. 1450 numbered repro-negatives of the Kanu Gandhi photo collection

• Reproduction of Kanu Gandhi’s principal album of his photographs, with captions

• 32 box files with the complete photo collection of Kanu Gandhi, c. 2000 modern photographs and c. 4000 repro-negatives


A series of 12 lever-arch files containing 2142 old and vintage prints of 855 photographic images of Gandhi, 1936-1948, taken informally, depicting him alone and in groups, various locations. The condition of the prints varies between excellent and poor. Each image with a reference number (which can be cross-referenced to a caption), arranged by the original reference number as follows:

0001-0100: 68 images, 248 old and vintage prints

0101-0200: 70 images, 201 old and vintage prints

0201-0300: 45 images, 127 old and vintage prints

0301-0400: 30 images, 61 old and vintage prints

0401-0500: 82 images, 240 old and vintage prints

0501-0600: 93 images, 250 old and vintage prints

0601-0700: 89 images, 297 old and vintage prints

0701-0800: 87 images, 167 old and vintage prints

0801-0900: 86 images, 203 old and vintage prints

0901-1000: 77 images, 171 old and vintage prints

1001-1200: 65 images, 98 old and vintage prints

1201-1339: 63 images, 89 old and vintage prints


A series of 13 folders containing 467 large format (> 20 x 30cm) old and vintage prints of the same images, arranged as follows:

0001-0099: 53 images, 133 old prints, 1 vintage print

0100-0199: 23 images, 10 old prints, 13 reproductions

0200-0299: 15 images, 20 old prints, 1 reproductions

0300-0399: 2 images, 2 old prints

0400-0499: 31 images, 22 old prints, 10 reproductions, 2 repro-negatives

0500-0599: 22 images, 32 old prints, 15 reproductions

0600-0699: 37 images, 49 old prints, 1 vintage print, 31 reproductions

0700-0799: 9 images, 5 old prints, 11 reproductions

0800-0899: 22 images, 22 old prints, 10 reproductions

0900-0999: 10 images, 19 old prints

1000-1099: 3 images, 3 old prints, 3 reproductions

1100-1199: 2 images, 2 old prints

1200-1338: 10 images, 3 old prints, 7 reproductions

Miscellaneous: 18 images, 6 old prints, 34 reproductions


Additional prints of the main series of photographs:

• Bundles of old contact prints of 16 images, each bundle containing multiple prints (varying from 11 to 244 in number), in total c.1600 prints

• 100 numbered glass slides (8 x 8cm), produced for a slide show for the Gandhi centenary of 1969


10 lever-arch files and one folder of large format prints of additional Kanu Gandhi photographs of Gandhi and other subjects, outside the main numbered series, as follows:

S001-S117: 106 images, 165 old prints, 2 original negatives - Additional photographs, chiefly of Gandhi

MI 001-100: 96 images, 99 old and modern prints, 83 original and repro-negatives

MI 101-200: 100 images, 100 modern prints (20 x 20cm), 100 original negatives

MI 201-275: 75 images, 75 modern prints (20 x 20cm), 75 original negatives - Miscellaneous subjects, including Gandhi at public meetings, other public figures including Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Vinoba Bhave, groups of people, buildings, documents, public events

Miscellaneous Personalities: 170 images, 184 vintage and old prints, 60 original negatives - Including images of Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Chek, Rajendra Prasad (two signed), Kaka Kalelkar (two signed), Jawaharlal Nehru (one signed by him and Indira Gandhi), Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Mirabehn, selfportraits of Kanu Gandhi, including some photographs not taken by Kanu Gandhi.

Spinning wheels: 115 images, 115 old prints (7 x 10cm), 42 original negatives (6 x 6cm)- Photographs of charkas (traditional Indian spinning wheels)

Blurs: 42 images, 44 modern prints (20 x 20cm), 42 original negatives (6 x 6cm) - Photographs of Gandhi rejected by the photographer, comprising original negatives with modern prints

Vinoba Bhave 001-423: 158 images, 183 old prints, and 2 album covers

35 old large prints of Vinoba Bhave, (29 x 37cm on a 39 x 48cm passepartout) - Photographic portraits of Acharya Vinoba Bhave (1895-1982)

Album 001-118: 103 images, 111 old prints - Photographs recording a visit by Kanu Gandhi and family to New Delhi, c.1950, including meetings with Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Rajendra Prasad

Village Life: 10 images, 10 old prints, 10 negatives (6 x 6cm)

Report Cards: 19 images, 33 old prints, 19 original negatives (8 x 10.5cm) - Photographic prints of Gandhi’s school report cards


Material acquired from the Vithalbhai Jhaveri estate

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A series of lever-arch files containing 780 old prints of 486 images of Gandhi depicting every stage of his life, the content arranged chronologically, as follows:

1869-1927: 83 images, 72 old prints, 12 vintage prints and 62 modern prints

1928-1930: 43 images, 42 old prints, 15 vintage prints, 12 modern prints, 2 repro-negatives

1931: 102 images, 42 old prints, 19 vintage prints, 83 modern prints

1932-1941: 87 images, 71 old prints, 23 vintage prints, 18 modern prints

1942-1945: 110 images, 78 old prints, 39 vintage prints, 28 modern prints

1946-1948: 86 images, 42 old prints, 27 vintage prints, 85 modern prints

Miscellaneous: 42 images, 18 old prints, 15 vintage prints, 45 modern prints


11 folders containing 190 old large-format prints (20 x 30cm - 30 x 40cm), arranged chronologically, as follows:

1869-1914: 7 images, 9 modern prints

1915-1924: 22 images, 17 old prints, 7 vintage prints

1925-1930: 15 prints, 7 old prints, 1 vintage print, 8 modern prints

1931-1932: 15 prints, 3 old prints, 13 modern prints

1933-1939: 42 Prints, 31 old prints, 12 modern prints

1940-1944: 23 prints, 11 old prints, 3 vintage prints, 10 modern prints

1945-1946: 20 prints, 9 old prints, 2 vintage prints, 12 modern prints

1947-1948: 19 prints, 5 old prints, 16 modern prints

Nehru: 7 prints

Miscellaneous: 4 prints

Extra large - Miscellaneous: 11 images, 7 old prints, 1 vintage print, 4 modern prints


Repro-negatives:

• c.258 large reproduction negatives (13 x 18cm) of images from the Vihalbhai Jhaveri estate

• c.570 small reproduction negatives (24 x 36mm) of images from the Vihalbhai Jhaveri estate


Material acquired from other sources

• 28 commercial prints of the 1950's of a stereo-photograph by George Lewis depicting Gandhi spinning while the sculptor Jo Davidson works on a bust, with printed text on the reverse by C.F. Andrews (London, 1931). Keystone’s description: ”This is one of the rarely circulated square-topped Keystone cards, produced in the 1950’s but not widely marketed. Dwarfed by his reading companion, his secretary Mahadev Desai, the diminutive Mahatma Gandhi hunches cross-legged over a bit of delicate handwork. Newspaper clippings lie at his feet, a testimony to the erudite mind of this dhoti-clad giant whose outward image was, at best, curiously simple. The bottom right corner of the view reveals a skillfull artist at work on a clay bust of the Indian leader. Card reverse details Gandhi’s humble beginnings and current accomplishments at the date of card publication. The information becomes even more poignant in light of Gandhi’s eventual assassination. Front of the card is hand printpressed with “Keystone Stereoview Company, Manufacturers Publishers, Made in U.S.A., Meadville, PA, New York, NY, Chicago, Ill., and London, England.” The copies are from the surplus inventory holdings of the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum. All materials were recovered from the original Keystone factory in Meadville, PA (1892-1976), and essentially are all vintage factory direct.

• 2 photo exhibitions "MAHATMA - Images of M.K. Gandhi" (50 modern prints of 25 x 38cm) - More

• 1 photo exhibition "Mahatma Gandhi - Travelling by Train" (50 modern prints of 25 x 38cm) - More

• 2 photo exhibitions "Mahatma Gandhi's Peace March through Bihar - A Photographer's Account" (50 modern prints of 25 x 38cm) - More

• 500 repro-negatives of Mahatma Gandhi

• 46 box files with c. 4600 modern prints and 1000 repro-negatives of Mahatma Gandhi from various sources (Dr. Hermann Kallenbach, Vinoba/Govindan, Counsic Brothers, Jagan Mehta, Homai Vyarawalla, etc.)

• 600 various photographs (modern prints) of Mahatma Gandhi

• 2000 slides of Mahatma Gandhi (24 x 36mm)

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