Ammar Abd Rabbo

Born in Damascus in 1966, Ammar Abd Rabbo lived in Libya and Lebanon prior to settling in France, at the age of 12. As one of the Arab world’s most respected and sought-after photographers, his work has been published in the world’s most widely circulated publications, from Time Magazine to Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, and Asharq Al Awsat. His photos appeared on more than 60 magazine covers, and his virtual gallery on the photo-sharing website Flickr has had more than three million visitors. Throughout his nearly thirty-year career, Abd Rabbo's portfolio has amassed intimate portraits of heads of states, war coverage reportages in Iraq, Lebanon and Libya, likenesses of world-renowned celebrities like the late ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, as well as coverage of high society events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Paris Fashion Week. Abd Rabbo’s first solo artistic exhibition, “Coming Soon” was held at the Ayyam Gallery, Beirut in early 2012. More recently, many of his works have addressed issues such as censorship, body freedom, nudity, women empowerment and gay rights, to name just a few. His photographs of Aleppo in the time of war (2013-2014) have been widely published and exhibited. Since 2007, Abd Rabbo has been covering the Cannes Film Festival, as well as other film festivals around the globe like Saint-Jean de Luz, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha Tribeca, Cairo, Beirut, El Gouna and the inaugural Red Sea IFF in Jeddah. He has been named to the order of the Knight of Arts and Letters (a French cultural distinction) in a ceremony in Paris in 2018.