Abbas, 'Rioters burn a portrait of the Shah as a sign of protest against his regime. Tehran, December 1978', from the series 'IranDiary'

Abbas, 'Rioters burn a portrait of the Shah as a sign of protest against his regime. Tehran, December 1978', from the series 'IranDiary'

Abbas
Born Kash, Iran, 1944. Lives Paris, France
'Rioters burn a portrait of the Shah as a sign of protest against his regime. Tehran, December 1978', from the series 'IranDiary'
1978–9
Gelatin silver print
British Museum: 2010, 6034.4
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum
Abbas@Magnum Photos, courtesy Magnum Gallery

Abbas is a veteran photojournalist who has been covering world events since the 1970s. He joined the Magnum photographic agency in 1981 and went on to serve as President from 1998 to 2001. His graphic depictions of the Iranian revolution are among his best-known works. They bear witness to dramatic events while acknowledging the power of the photographic image, as in this depicion of protestors burning a photograph of the Shah.