Born a photographer, Abbas, an Iranian transplanted to Paris, has dedicated his work to the political and social coverage of the developing South. 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. From 1978 to 1980, Abbas photographed the revolution in Iran, to which he returned in 1997 after seventeen years of voluntary exile. His book “Iran Diary” 1971-2002 is a critical interpretation of Iranian history, photographed and written as a personal diary.
From 1983 and 1986 he travels in Mexico, photographing the country as if writting a novel.
Member of the prestigious photo agency Magnum since 1981.