Abbas Kowsari was born in Iran in 1970 and is currently the Senior Photo Editor for the Tehran-based newspaper E’temad. He has previously worked as a photographer and photo editor for numerous leading Iranian newspapers which have been banned from publishing. In 2008 his exhibition Shade of Water – Shade of Earth was shown at the Aaran Art Gallery in Tehran. Kowsari’s photographs have entered the international art scene and have been featured in international journals such as Paris Match, Der Spiegel and Colours magazine.
Kowsari was shortlisted for Prix Pictet Earth and was nominated for Power. Abbas Kowsari’s pictures have also been exhibited in 2012 at the V&A in London as part of the exhibition Light from the Middle East.