Mandalay, Myanmar, 2009. At dawn, monks go begging for alms.
Abbas, an Iranian transplanted in France, has dedicated his work to the political and social coverage of the developing southern nations.
Since 1970, his major work published in world magazines includes wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Ulster, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba and South Africa, with an essay on apartheid.
For the past 35 years, he has been engaged in large projects about religions including Islam, Christianity, Polytheism, Buddhism and Hinduism.
He is the author of several iconic books including Return to Mexico: Journeys Beyond the Mask (1992), Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam (1994), Faces of Christianity: A Photographic Journey (2000), Iran Diary 1971-2002 (2002), Sur La Route des Esprits (2005), In Whose Name? (2009), Ali: Le Combat (2010), and Les Enfants du Lotus (2011).
Abbas’ work has been exhibited in museums, institutions and galleries spanning over 30 countries and four continents.