Born in Damascus in 1966, Ammar Abd Rabbo lived in Libya and Lebanon prior to ultimately living in France since he was 12.
As one of the Arab world’s most important 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.
From almost a thirty-year career, his portfolio amassed intimate portraits of head of states, war cover-age in Iraq, Lebanon and Libya, world-renowned celebrities like the late ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jack-son, as well as high society events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Paris Fashion Week.
Abd Rabbo’s first solo art exhibition, ‘Coming Soon’ was held in Ayyam Gallery, Beirut in early 2012. More recently, many of his works addressed issues like censorship, body freedom, nudity, women empowerment, gay rights only to name few.
His work on Aleppo in wartime (2013-2014) was widely published and exhibited. Curated by world-known (and anonymous) graffiti artist Banksy, one of his photos was displayed at “Dismaland” theme park near Bristol, England, in August and September 2015.
He has been named “Knight of Arts and Letters” in a ceremony in Paris in 2018.