Lessons from Abbas: “Get a good pair of walking shoes…and fall in love.”

Magnum photographer Abbas passed away on April 25th 2018 at 74. He left behind a meaningful body of work and inspiring lessons for the next generation of photographers.

When asked for advice for young and aspiring photographers, Iranian-born Magnum photographer Abbas Attar would always say, “Get a good pair of walking shoes…and fall in love.” Such words of wisdom may be strange for a photographer who covered wars, revolutions, and social unrest to jump-start his career. But if you think about it, hate, destruction, and pain aren’t the only stories that can arise out of conflicts. Sometimes, even in the face of strife, the most compelling visual stories surface out of love.

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