Curator Selection / 2020 / /

Generosity, grief, and the black anaconda: inside the world's biggest annual pilgrimage

  • Photographer
    Jonny Pickup
  • Studio
    Jonny Pickup
  • Image Location

This photographic series documents the world’s largest annual pilgrimage: Arba’een. An event that commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, who was killed by Yazīd on the 10th day of the month of Muharram. Millions move towards a small city in central Iraq in late October each year – to mourn a man who died almost 1,400 years ago.