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Margaret Bourke-White’s famous photograph – Gandhi and the Spinning Wheel | 1946

Margaret Bourke-White’s famous photograph – Gandhi and the Spinning Wheel | 1946
Margaret Bourke-White’s famous photograph – Gandhi and the Spinning Wheel | 1946

In 1946 Margaret Bourke-White, LIFE magazine’s first female photographer, was offered a rare opportunity to photograph Mahatma Gandhi. This dream opportunity quickly turned into a nightmare. She was made to overcome many challenges before gaining access to India’s ideological leader. Including to spin Gandhi’s famous homespun.

After two failed shoots, thanks to technical difficulties, it was third time lucky for Bourke-White.

This iconic image of Gandhi at his spinning wheel was captured less than two years before his assassination.