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Born: Jalai Abbas 
Dates:  1944 - 2018, 25 April
Born:  Iran
Died:  France, Paris
Active:  Global
Magnum photojournalist who has produced major bodies of work dealing with Islam, Christianity and Mexico.

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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
1994 Allah O Akbar - Voyages dans l'Islam militant, Phaidon, France
1994 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

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer. Go to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 


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