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One of the great photojournalists was Margaret Bourke-White. In the July, 1946 issue of LIFE Magazine, she displayed her photographs of Mohandas Gandhi. LIFE reports on this magnificent spread that appeared in that issue:

"Very few public leaders of the 20th century were — and remain today — as instantly recognizable to quite literally billions of people around the globe as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948). Albert Einstein, JFK, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr. — there is a kind of evocative power in the most famous pictures of these men that immediately calls to mind the era in which each of them lived, and the deeds and words that elevated them from the merely great, or celebrated, to the realm of the iconic. Gandhi unquestionably belongs in this group of defining figures, and no single picture has become more closely associated with his life, and his way of life, than Margaret Bourke-White’s 1946 portrait of the civil-disobedience pioneer reading newspaper clippings beside his cherished — and enormously symbolic — spinning wheel.

Incredibly, though, that particular photograph did not appear in the LIFE magazine article for which it was originally shot. Bourke-White, of course, was one of the century’s most intrepid chroniclers of conflict and strife: her pictures from Buchenwald in 1945, for instance, and from the horrific violence that attended the 1947 partition of India and the creation of Pakistan are among the most powerful of her extraordinary career. But she was also capable of sensitively documenting the quieter — and, in many cases, the more representative and revelatory — moments from the lives of the great and the powerless, alike."

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