Timeline

1944
Born in Iran
1971–1973
Member of Sipa
1974–1980
Member of Gamma
1978–1980
Photographed the revolution in Iran
1985
Member of Magnum Photos
1983–1986
Journeyed through Mexico. The resulting exhibition and book, Return to Mexico: Journeys Beyond the Mask, helped define his photographic aesthetic
1987–1994
Focused on the resurgence of Islam throughout the world
1997
Returned to Iran after seventeen years of voluntary exile

Exhibitions

2008
The Children of Abraham - RIP, Fez, Morrocco; Le Botanique, Bruxelles, Belgium
2007
The Children of Abraham - Noorderlicht, Groningen, Netherlands; Exposorium Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006
The Children of Abraham - Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway
2006
Islams and Shias - Vicino/Lontano, Udine, Italy
2005
Sur la Route des Esprits, La Chambre Claire, France
2004
Iran - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2004
Resurgence of Shias - Visa in Perpignan, France
2004
Ya Saddam - Noorderlicht, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2004
Islams - The United Nations, New York, NY
2003
Visiones de l'Islam - La Caixa, Girona, Granada, Pamplona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2002
Iran, the Revolution - The Grey Gallery, New York, NY
2002
Viaggio Negli Islam del Mondo - Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze, Italy
2002
Visiones de l'Islam - la Caixa, Tarragona, Madrid, Malaga, Orense, Spain
2002
IranDiary - Visa in Perpignan, France
1999
Islamies - Place Royale, Brussels, Belgium; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
1999
Chrétiens - House of Photography, Moscow, Russia; Eberhardskirche, Stuttgart, Germany
1994
Retornos a Mexico - Centro Nacional de la Fotografia, Mexico
1992
Return to Mexico - Mexico Cultural Center, Paris; Maison pour Tous, Calais, France
1991
Retrospective - Imagina, Almeria, Spain
1986
Votez pour Moi - Galerie Magnum, Paris, France
1984
Retrospective - Galerie ARPA, Bordeaux, France
1983
Retrospective - Consejo de Fotografia, Mexico
1982
Citizen of the Third World – The Photographers' Gallery, London, England; Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, England
1980
Iran, the Revolution - Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran; Darvazeh Ghar mosque, Tehran, Iran; Fundacao Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1977
Retrospective - Galerie Litho, Tehran, Iran
1977
Ce jour-là - Galerie FNAC, Paris
1972
Ganvie People - Falomo, Nigeria

Literature

2009
In Whose Name?, Thames and Hudson, London & New York, Au Nom de Qui?, Editions du Pacifique, Paris
2006
The Children of Abraham, Intervalles, France
2005
Abbas, I Grandi Fotografi di Magnum, Hachette, Italy
2005
IranDiaro: 1971-2005, Saggiatore, Italy
2005
Sur la Route des Esprits, Delpire, France
2002
IranDiary: 1971-2002, Autrement, France
2000
Faces of Christianity: A Photographic Journey, A. Abrams, USA
1994
Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam, Phaidon, UK; Allah O Akbar - Voyages dans l'Islam militant, Phaidon, France; Allah O Akbar - Viaggio negli islam del mondo, Contrasto, Italy
1992
Return to Mexico: Journeys Beyond the Mask, W.W. Norton, USA
1986
Retornos a Oapan, FCE, Mexico
1980
Iran: La Revolution Confisquée, Editions Cletrat, France
1977
Zaire Today, Editions Jeune Afrique, France