Kanu Gandhi (1917-1986), Gandhi's great nephew, lived with his family on Gandhi's ashrams in Ahmedabad and in central India, near Wardha. Kanu was a member of Gandhi's personal staff and they worked closely together until his assassination on January 30, 1948.
In 1936 he was given his first camera and a roll of film and thus began his document of the last ten years of Gandhi's life. Gandhi allowed Kanu to photograph him on three conditions: Kanu was not to use flash, the ashram would not finance it, and Gandhi would never pose. Kanu Gandhi was the only one allowed to take his granduncle's photographs at any time. He was thus able to capture Mahatma Gandhi in all his moods and moments. His photographs are of rare intimacy presenting Gandhi in the company of his family and other ashram members, it is the private Gandhi in contrast to the public Mahatma.