June 6, 2022
The La Gacilly Photo Festival was inaugurated over the weekend in the presence of the participating photographers, members of the press and partners from all over the world. Fonds Abbas Photos is grateful to Festival Curator Cyril Drouhet, Founder Jacques Rocher, President Auguste Coudray, Director Stéphanie Retière and the amazing La Gacilly Photo Festival organising team for this stunning tribute to Abbas’ work and their generous hospitality.
FROM 1 JUNE – 30 SEPTEMBER 2022
VENUE: THE PRAIRIE, LA GACILLY, BRITANNY, FRANCE
Information and booking +33 2 99 08 68 00 – contact@festivalphoto-
May 30, 2022
NEW EXHIBITION: LIGHT AND SHADOW
1 JUNE – 30 SEPTEMBER 2022
The La Gacilly Photo Festival in Britanny, France, will present, in collaboration with Fonds Abbas Photos and Magnum Photos, a major retrospective of Abbas’ work. Abbas’ journalistic images will be displayed alongside lesser-known, more contemplative shots taken of people and their environment. Entitled Light and Shadow, this exhibition of 50 black-and-white large format photographs will present the incessant collisions between reality and myth, derision and fanaticism, chaos and beauty, gentleness and sadness, and shadow and light that defined his work.
Founded in 2004, the La Gacilly Photo Festival is an immersive photographic experience with over 20 open-air galleries presenting contemporary photographic creations that question man’s relationship with the world and the natural environment. In this 19th edition of the festival, more than a thousand photographs will adorn the streets, gardens and alleys of La Gacilly, a commune in the Morbihan department of Brittany in north-western France. The theme of this year’s festival is Visions of the East, with focus on the work of photographers from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
VENUE: THE PRAIRIE, LA GACILLY, BRITANNY, FRANCE
Information and booking Place de la Ferronnerie – +33 2 99 08 68 00 – contact@festivalphoto-
June 1, 2020
We are pleased to announce the launch of Mohamed Ali, Kinhasa 1974 – a graphic novel based on Abbas’s photographic adventure at “The Rumble in the Jungle”, the legendary fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974.
It’s been described as the greatest boxing match ever fought. And arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century. On October 30, 1974, former world champion Muhammad Ali went up against George Foreman, the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire.
Ali went into the fight as a 4-1 underdog after Foreman had knocked out the only two fighters to have ever defeated him. And for eight brutal rounds only one winner ever look likely. Foreman pummelled Ali with body shot after body shot but he refused to go down. The former champ took everything that Foreman could throw at him in a fight that was immortalised by Ali’s famous ‘rope-a-dope’ tactics. Ali leaned back into the ringside ropes for round-after round while Foreman threw punch-after-punch at him. By the start of the eight round, Foreman was exhausted. He had punched himself out.
Then, in a stunning reversal of everything that had happened up to that point, Ali exploded off the ropes and rocked Foreman with a devastating right and left combination that sent the champion tumbling to the canvas. Against all expectations, Ali had won by a knockout and reclaimed the world heavyweight championship.
Abbas was there to immortalise this once-in-a-lifetime fight. Now, 36 years later, his photos bring that famous night to life in this rare book – an incredible cross between documentaries, photo reports and graphic novels. Between each of his striking images, the authors fill in the gaps with the story of one of boxing’s greatest nights. So it feels like you too are ringside at the “Fight of the Century”.
Text and illustrations by Jo Morvan, Rafael Ortiz and Tréfouël. Published by Dupuis France.
• 136 pages
• 280 x 210 mm
• ISBN: 9782800163666
• 24.95 euros
• A special edition limited to 777 copies is available with original frontispiece, numbered, signed and printed on art paper
• 35 euros
Abbas by Abbas, a film by Kamy Pakdel has been selected for the 16th edition of the Biografilm Festival, which celebrates great biographies and cinematic life stories in Bologna, Italy from 5-15 June, 2020. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis which requires the closure of cinemas, the festival will be held online this year. The screening of Abbas by Abbas is scheduled on Sunday, 14 June at 21:00 (time in Italy). To watch the film, reserve your place in their virtual cinema by creating an account on mymovies.it.
January 8, 2020
We are pleased to announce that “ABBAS BY ABBAS” has been selected by four film festivals including FIPADOC International Documentary Festival in Biarritz.
The television broadcast of the film in France is now scheduled on Tuesday, 18 February at 8.30pm on the LCP Assemblée Nationale channel. The film will be followed by a debate.
“ABBAS BY ABBAS” is a film directed by Kamy Pakdel and produced by Hind Saïh of Bellota Films in collaboration with LCP Assemblée Nationale
Director of Photography: Laurent Chalet
Sound Engineer: Dana Farzanehpour
Editor: Thibaut Sève
Composer: Julien Thiault
Co-Producer: Pierre Hanoune
November 21, 2019
The Photolux Festival in Lucca, Italy pays hommage to Abbas with a solo exhibition of his work on the Iranian revolution.
From November 16 to December 8, 2019.
Cortile Carrara, 1
3 – 7:30 pm, Monday to Friday
10 am to 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday
November 9, 2019
The Paris premiere of the film Abbas by Abbas opened to a full house at Max Linder Panorama on Friday, 8 November 2019. Abbas’s family, old friends and the “who’s who” of photography and journalism turned out in force to hear the last words of one of the world’s greatest photographers. After the screening, everyone gathered at Café Delaville – where artists have come together for generations – to celebrate the life and work of the photographic legend.
Abbas by Abbas is a film by Kamy Pakdel, produced by Bellota Films. Image by Laurent Chalent, sound by Dana Farzanehpour, editing by Thibault Sève and original music by Julien Thiault.
The film will be televised on the French parlementary channel LCP Assemblée Nationale (lcp.fr) on Tuesday, 3 December 2019 at 8.30pm.
May 11, 2019
Commemorating the first anniversary of Abbas’s passing, Folia Gallery, in collaboration with Fonds Abbas Photos, presented for the first time in Europe an exhibition of photographs from the reportage made by Abbas in Vietnam from 1972 to 1975, and 30 years later, during his return in 2008.
This exhibition was presented in conjunction with Abbas’s new book Vietnam, Forget ME Not, published by Delpire Editeur.
“December 1972. We visit a refugee camp, located in a former US military base in Da Nang. ‘Forget ME Not’ is written clumsily on the door of a ramshackle hut… Forty five years later, I tell myself that it is also time for me to write ‘Forget ME Not’ somewhere. I dive into my contact sheets, thrilled to revive memories evoked by the strips of negatives, amazed to discover some gems that didn’t capture my attention during the first edit in 1972.” – Abbas
From May 16 to June 22
Exhibition opening and book launch on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30 pm
13 Rue de l’Abbaye
1–7pm, Tuesday to Friday
In Vietnam, Forget ME Not, Abbas gives us a new vision of the reportage he realized in Vietnam from 1972 to 1975 about all three competing sides: the North, the Vietcong-controlled territories and the US-backed South.
Also covering the anti-war demonstrations in Miami, the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Havana, and finally, his return to Vietnam 30 years later, the book not only features poignant portraits of war and peace, it also presents a personal story told by a legendary photographer.
Published by Delpire Editeur, 2019
February 28, 2019