Ikhlas Abbis was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Germany in 1979 to study.
Ikhlas studied visual communication and photographic design at University of Applied Sciences Dortmund, Germany. His thesis about the Zar ritual in Cairo, Egypt, was promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service and later exhibited at “Große Kunstausstellung Düsseldorf“.
Since 1989, Abbis works as freelancer photographer in the fields of architecture, portrait, landscape, interior, product and reportage for various clients including Der Spiegel, ARD, WDR, GIZ, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and City of Cologne.
Travelling in Arab countries one of his passions is telling stories about change and ephemerality of human cultural heritage and environment. In his project “The Origin of the Universe“ he has documented the changing conditions of the Iraqi marshlands and their impacts on its people.
Besides taking pictures himself Ikhlas Abbis helds lectures and workshops at Universities and media companies and has been training young photographers in Abu Dhabi during the last years.
Ikhlas Abbis has two sons and works and lives currently in Cologne, Abu Dhabi and Baghdad.