Abbas spent a number of years covering major world religions. In 2011 he was in Nepal on his second journey among Hindus. Abbas felt in Nepal the religion was much closer to its historical sources than in neighbouring India. Inhabitants of a mountain country, long isolated from outside influences, Nepalis thrive, all year long, on Hindu rituals, pilgrimages and festivals which they mix with Buddhist ones.

Now I don’t just make stories about what’s happening. I’m making stories about my way of seeing what’s happening

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Abbas was an Iranian transplanted to Paris. He dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict.

In a career that spanned six decades, he covered wars and revolutions in Iran, Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid. He also documented life in Mexico over several years, and pursued a lifelong interest in religion and its intersection with society.

Most recently before his death, Abbas was working on documenting Judaism around the world. Abbas died in Paris on April 25, 2018. He was 74.

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