Eye on Gandhi - Nobel Peace Center

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  1. Photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
  2. Photo: Margaret Bourke-White / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images / GandhiServe
  3. Photo: JamesOtis / GandhiServe
  4. Photo: N. R. Pathak / Vithalbhai Jhaveri / Gandhi Serve
  5. Photo: Illustration: Gallerija 12
  6. Photo: Illustration: Gallerija 12
  7. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  8. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  9. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  10. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  11. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center

Eye on Gandhi

21 Sept 2012–17 Feb 2013

Mahatma Gandhi is the world’s most familiar symbol of peace. His philosophy of nonviolence has inspired many people. Yet he was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi

Eye on Gandhi tells the story of  why he did not get the Peace Prize. Gandhi was nominated many times, and might have won the prize in 1948 had he not been murdered. The nominations of Gandhi from the Nobel Committee archive are now displayed for the first time in an exhibition.

The film «Gandhi – The missing laureate» is made for the exhibition. Narrator is Sir Ben Kingsley, who played Gandhi in the movie by the same name. Director is Faye Gilbert from Blakeway production.

Legendary documentary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the last persons to meet Gandhi while he was alive. It was a very special meeting. Cartier-Bresson spoke with Gandhi only an hour before he was shot and killed, on 30 January 1948, and his photos are the last that were taken of Gandhi.

When the news broke of Gandhi’s death, Cartier-Bresson continued taking pictures, and his photos of India in mourning, and of Prime Minister Nehru announcing Gandhi’s death, were shown around the world. Cartier-Bresson’s photo series – In India – is a poetic and dramatic documentary on Gandhi’s final hours, and about the country and people for whom he became the founding father.

Photography is at one and the same time the recognition of a fact in a fraction of a second and the rigorous arrangement of the forms visually perceived which give the fact expression and significance.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Gandhi is still a role model for many people. Come and join a peace march inspired by Gandhi’s Salt March, sit on Gandhi’s beach and see his “magical” typewriter. Experience Gandhi from A to Z and be inspired by the “little big man”.

The exhibition was initiated and produced by the Nobel Peace Center in collaboration with  Magnum PhotosFondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz Fisac.

What makes you happy? Tag your Instagram photo with #Gandhiness and become part of the exhibition “Eye on Gandhi”. More information about the campaign (in Norwegian) here:

See the program for the exhibition opening that took place Friday 21 September and Saturday 22 September.

Photo: Vithalbhai Jhaveri / GandhiServe

Photo: Vithalbhai Jhaveri / GandhiServe

This photograph of Gandhi and his son Devadas is taken at Juhu Beach in Bombay, India in 1944. In the exhibition, we have filmed Juhu Beach today, so you can sit down and enjoy the very same view that Gandhi cherished so much.
The Juhu Beach installation is made in close collaboration with our main sponsor Telenor Group, Uninor.


In this film you can hear Magnum Photos’ Exhibition Manager Andrea Holzherr talk about Henri Cartier-Bresson’s meeting with Gandhi, and about what charachterizes Cartier-Bresson’s photographs:

Get to know Henri Cartier-Bresson better in this clip from a 2001 documentary:

Co-curator Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz Fisac talks in this film about the part of Eye on Gandhi called the ABC of Gandhi, and discusses some of the historical incidences the public can learn more about in the exhibition:


Gandhi is an inspiration to people around the world, and one of his best known supporters was Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martin Luther King Jr. In the short clip below, King talks about how he got to learn about Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence:

Watch Gandhi – The Missing Laureate:

The people at Back, a contractor to the exhibition, have created this video of the installations in the exhibition: