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Past Exhibition

Abbas Retrospective in Valladolid

From the Iranian Revolution to the Hajj pilgrimage, Abbas's photographic legacy goes on display in Spain


Abbas A Mujahid of the Hezbi-Islami (Islamic party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar guards the road to the capital. Near Kabul, Afghanistan. 1992. © Abbas | Magnum Photos

“My photography is a reflection, which comes to life in action and leads to meditation. Spontaneity — the suspended moment — intervenes during action, in the viewfinder. A reflection on the subject precedes it. A meditation on finality follows it, and it is here, during this exalting and fragile moment, that the real photographic writing develops, sequencing the images.” —

The acclaimed photographer Abbas roamed the world for 45 years, covering major political and social events, and publishing his works widely in world magazines and newspapers. An Iranian relocated to Paris, he has been documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict since 1970. Through his early photojournalistic and other major works such as the Iranian Revolution and the Islamic world (before and after September), he recorded the struggles within different societies in this globalized world, with an emphasis on religion, which he defines as a culture rather than faith. This retrospective exhibition spans his career through his major projects.

Abbas Hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims from all over the world pray on Mount Rahma. Mount Rahma, in the plain of Arafat (where Muslims believe Adam met Eve). Pilgrims dressed in the Ihram (two pieces of unstitc (...)
Abbas Film director Abbas Kiarostami on the hills surrounding the capital, where his film "Taste of Cherry", which was co-awarded the Golden Palm in Cannes 1997, was shot. Tehran, Iran. 1997. © Abbas | Magnum Photos