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Faces of Christianity : a photographic journey
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Voyages en Chrétien. English
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000.
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327 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
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BR99.5 .A2313 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A selection of photographs of Christian communities from around the world, focusing on Jerusalem, Ulster, Lourdes, Mexico, Mali, Cuba, Russia and the United States. The author attempts to understand why and how religious passion grows.

Author Notes

Abbas was born Abbas Attar in 1944 in Iran. He became a photographer and one of his earliest jobs was working for the International Olympic Committee at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico. In the 1970s, he worked for the French agencies Sipa and Gamma. He covered the aftermath of the Biafran war in Nigeria and the Iranian revolution. He later worked for Magnum Photos. His work appeared in several books including Return to Mexico: Journeys Beyond the Mask, Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam, and Iran Diary 1971-2002. He died on April 25, 2018 at the age of 74.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Iranian photographer Abbas has a special interest in religion. He left Iran before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, which he returned to cover, and has since reported on mostly Islamic examples of the passion of faith playing out for ordinary people. Here he gives Christianity a global face. He covers American Christianity in a spare and analytical text about snake handlers, the Promise Keepers, Ralph Reed, and fundamentalists but elsewhere lets his camera do the work, yielding a book that looks like a collection of family snapshots. The images are often gritty and Third World, with a spinning-dervish quality of people and their beliefs set in motion. This is not a Christianity of church suppers beneath a steeple in an Iowa farm town but a newly energized religion full of communal ritual brought into the worship of Christ by people of color. What disappoints is the reliance on photographs with too little prose to provide context or explanation. Thus, an image of the ritual slaughter of a goat in Santiago, Cuba is ugly rather than informative, failing to reveal the complexities of faith, community, and communism. Abbas is a notable writer and observer, but his book is weakened by his confidence in his camera at the expense of his helpful observations. A marginal purchase.DDavid Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.