From the lens of Magnum's Abbas - the mystical world of the Hindu revealed, from ancient rites to contemporary beliefs
This latest in Abbas's transcendent series of books on major world religions, featuring ritualistic elements - wind, water, earth, and fire, magic, the spiritualism of animals - to explore the mysteries of the Hindu faith. Shot over three years in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bali, Abbas's images examine the enigmatic beliefs of sub-sects such as Sikhs and Jains, alongside the everyday life of Hindus, and extend beyond his characteristic black-and-white work to include a series of colour photographs - in his words: 'In India, colour was a temptation I couldn't resist.' The result is this sumptuous volume, a must-have for collectors and armchair travellers around the globe.
As featured in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Newsweek and on the Huffington Post
"[T]akes viewers into the mystical world of Hinduism with stunning effect."-Huffington Post
"Exquisite." -Daily Telegraph
"An engaging and absorbing account of the Hindu faith... Abbas is the perfect photographer to capture this." -Amateur Photographer
"A quite incredible, immersive journey through contemporary Hinduism, examining how ancient mysticism survives apparently unchanged in a complex modern world... A sumptuous 224 pages of beautifully composed black & white images, with a few colour shots to end... Gods I've Seen is the product of an insightful, curious mind with a masterly command of his craft." -TheGuardian.com
"The magic and mysticism of modern-day Hinduism... Abbas' striking black and white images construct a thought-provoking and meditative study of contemporary faith that avoids the exotification and romanticisation present in so much photography of the region."-Huck online
"Abbas' photographs are remarkable in their scope."-NewStatesman.Com
"A stunning visual exploration of contemporary Hinduism... Will inspire wanderlust as well as wonder for what lies beyond this Earth."-TheBodEdit
Born in Iran, living in France, and a member of Magnum photo agency, Abbas has devoted his life to documenting societies in conflict and recording the major world religions. In 1994, Phaidon published Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam, which attracted particular attention after 9/11.