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From 1978 to 1980, Abbas photographed the revolution in Iran, to which he returned in 1997 after seventeen years of voluntary exile. His book Iran Diary 1971-2002 is a critical interpretation of Iranian history, photographed and written as a private journal.
This contact sheet contains images of the Iran hostage crisis, where US diplomats were held against their will for 444 days. Abbas photographs the Iranian crowd outside the United States Embassy in Tehran.
Abbas joined Magnum Photos in 1981.