Abbas Raad Iraq

A picture of a woman in one of the holy religious places in Iraq, wearing an abaya and walking on carpets containing wonderful Islamic inscriptions and decorations that have a close and ancient connection to the Islamic religion.

Abbas Raad is a photographer based in Iraq. He began his journey in 2017, picking up the practice from his friends after leaving his studies due to difficult personal circumstances. He started close to home in Dhi Qar, neighboring the important port city of Basra in the south. His photos often show intimate moments of religious worship in Iraq, and he says his main motivations lie in highlighting “the beauty of Islamic buildings and people through shadow and light.”