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Iranian/French, b. 1944
French National Front Supporters
Oct 3, 2016
The French far right party Front National held its summer camp, « Les Estivales de Marine le Pen », in Frejus on September 17 and 18, a municipality run by the Front National.
In these photographs by Abbas, supporters of the far right party take the pose in front of a poster of Marine Le Pen, French flag in hand. This series of photographs testify on the normalisation process the Front National is...
"Gods I've Seen"
Sep 19, 2016
This latest in Abbas's transcendent series of books on major world religions, featuring ritualistic elements - wind, water, earth, and fire, magic, the spiritualism of animals - to explore the mysteries of the Hindu faith. Shot over three years in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bali, Abbas's images examine the enigmatic beliefs of sub-sects such as Sikhs and Jains, alongside the everyday life of Hindus,...
Shaolin Kung Fu School
Jul 18, 2016
The Shaolin monastery in the Henan province of China is probably the largest school of Kung Fu in the country, if not in the world. It has also become a major attraction with hordes of tourists, most of them Chinese, disgorged by buses. The monastery runs many shows each day inside a theatre which is full for every performance. They look more like a circus show than genuine Kung Fu exercises by monks.
Jews of China
Jul 8, 2016
A small Jewish community in Kaifeng, Henan province, believes its ancestors where Persian Jews who came for trade by the Silk Road, about a thousand years ago during the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Kaifeng, where the Jews built a synagogue in 1163, was then the capital of the dynasty. It was a cosmopolitan city on a branch of the Silk Road. The existence of Jews in China was unknown to Europeans...
Purim in Israel
May 3, 2016
According to the Old Testament, the only non-historical source, Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from genocide, by revealing to King Xerxes the plot hatched by his vizir, Haman. A tomb in Hamadan, Iran is believed to be Esther’s tomb. Every year, Jews celebrate this salvation throughout the world with a joyous festival.
In Israel, it is not uncommon to see Hassid Jews drunk on alcohol for this...