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Following a slideshow presentation from his latest completed work, The Children of the Lotus, a Journey among Buddhists, Magnum photographer Abbas will share his personal reflections on his three-year journey among 12 predominantly Buddhist countries. Haunted by a photo he saw in 2007 of a little girl, an “Unidentified Prisoner” who was about to join others to be massacred in the notorious Tuol Sleng prison under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Abbas raises questions about the acceptance of such brutality against human life in a presumably compassionate society.
About the Speaker
An Iranian transplanted in Paris, Abbas has been documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict and transition since 1968. He is passionate about his profession which details and records the struggles within different societies in this globalised world. He works with an emphasis on religion, which he defines as culture, rather than faith.
Abbas has been a member of Magnum, the prestigious photo agency, since 1981. He also served as its President between 1998 and 2001.
His works have been widely published in world magazines and newspapers, and exhibited in various countries such as Mexico, Iran, Morocco, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He is also the author of several books including IranDiary 1971-2002, Return to Mexico, Allah O Akbar: a journey through militant Islam, The Children of Abraham, Faces of Christianity, and In Whose Name? The Islamic World After 9/11. His latest book Les Enfants du lotus (The Children of the Lotus) is a journey among Buddhists.
The views and opinions expressed by the speaker in this dialogue session are his own and do not necessarily represent the position of the National Museum of Singapore.
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