Mexico, San Augustine de Oapan, 1984

A. Abbas is an Iranian photographer who has extensively documented the political and social life of societies in conflict worldwide in a renowned body of work beginning in 1970. Between 1983 and 1986 he journeyed through Mexico, attempting to photograph a country as a novelist might write about it. Sedition is pleased to release a limited number of digital editions of one of the iconic images taken during this period.

The image was taken in the village of San Augustin de Oapan in the State of Guerrero, Mexico. It shows a young boy whose face is covered by a cardboard mask with eye-holes. The ambiguity of the image centres around the mask, which is simultaneously playful and sinister.

The work is included as part of the Magnum at 70 partnership between Magnum Photos and Sedition in celebration of 70 years of the world renowned photography collective. Collections of iconic photographic and video works by artists represented by Magnum Photos will be released as digital editions on Sedition as part of an international programme throughout 2017.

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Mexico, San Augustine de Oapan, 1984by A. Abbas

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