Intl Syria photographer exhibits work in hometown

Abd Rabbo’s photos on covers of renowned magazines


After having his work published in the world’s most widely-circulated magazines, prominent Syrian photographer Ammar Abd Rabbo is getting ready for the inauguration of an exhibition in his hometown of Damascus.

In addition to boasting more than two and a half million visitors to his virtual exhibition on the photo-sharing website Flickr, Abd Rabbo had his work published on the covers of several internationally-renowned magazines like Paris Match, Time Magazine, Business Week, Le Point, The Express, and Der Spiegel.

Abd Rabbo’s photographs have also been published in several Arab magazines like the Lebanese Laha Magazine and the Saudi al-Majalla.

Forty pictures

Abd Rabbo will show 40 of his photographs in an exhibition to be inaugurated Thursday in Damascus. The exhibition, which will last till February 13, is called “20-40, 20 years, 40 pictures.”

The exhibition will later move to the northwestern city of Aleppo from February 26 till March 8.

Abd Rabbo expressed his enthusiasm over the inauguration of the exhibition in Syria due to the effect it is expected to have on both photographers and regular viewers.

The exhibition, Abd Rabbo said, will hopefully be useful for Syrian photographers since it can provide them with in depth knowledge of this field and introduce them to new techniques they can utilize in their future work.

Abd Rabbo added that the exhibition will also give the Syrian people an insight into the profession of photojournalism and the special circumstances in which pictures are captured.

The exhibition will feature rare photographs of several Arab leaders as well as photographs of wars Abd Rabbo covered in many parts of the Arab world like Lebanon and Iraq in addition to pictures of the Katrina hurricane in the U.S. of Louisiana.

Photographs of glitz and glam events Abd Rabbo covered like the Cannes Film Festival and Paris’s Fashion Week will also be shown in the exhibition in addition to pictures of celebrities like the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Life of a photographer

Ammar Abd Rabbou was born in the Syrian capital in 1966 and lived in Libya and Lebanon before moving in 1978 to the French capital Paris, where he has resided ever since.

Abd Rabbo is known for capturing pictures of heads of states and political leaders. His most famous work includes photos of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Jordan’s King Abdullah and the assasinated former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.

Abd Rabbo captured pictures of the wars in Iraq, Lebanon, and Bosnia but has also covered a variety of fashion shows and film festivals.

(Translated from the Arabic by Sonia Farid)