Light From the Middle East: New Photography (Steidl) begins with a portfolio from Abbas, a collection of images inset discreetly on the page. Humble. Quiet. Telling stories without saying a word. Bringing us, deep inside a land shrouded in veils. The first photograph is titled “Hands dipped in the blood of the ‘martyrs’ call for revenge. Tehran, January 1979.” We see death, destruction, violence, passions inflamed by religion and politics, a fervor at a pitch that is distinctly Middle Eastern in temperament.
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