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Featured Essays
Dec 22, 2016
The Academie Francaise is the most prestigious council pertaining to all aspects of the French language. It is limited to 40 lifetime members which vote on candidates whenever a seat becomes open.
Author Andrei Makine was born in Siberia, Russia but writes in French. On December 15, 2016 he was officially accepted in the academy. Magnum photographer Abbas was present to document the ceremony. More...
Featured Essays
Dec 15, 2016
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, deployed since September 2016 off the Syrian coast, has concluded its present campaign for the battle against jihadists in Iraq and Syria and is now heading to its base in Toulon. Its squadron of 24 Marine Rafale jets was supporting the international coalition against Daesh (Islamic State) through airstrikes and reconnaissance missions with its two Hawkeye radar... More...
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Nov 30, 2016
On the eve of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement for the Jews, takes place the ritual of Kapparot: to collect the year’s sins, a rooster is held above the head of the celebrant, who reads a special prayer, sometimes on a smartphone. The hen is slaughtered and its meat given to the needy and the poor as an act of charity.

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Featured Essays
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... More...
Featured Essays
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,... More...