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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New Site Profiles Magnum Photographer Abbas’s Coverage of Iran

IRAN: TEHRAN January 1979. After a pro Shah demonstration at the Amjadiyeh Stadium, a woman believed to be pro Shah supporter is lynched by a Revolutionary mob.

IRAN: TEHRAN January 1979.
After a pro Shah demonstration at the Amjadiyeh Stadium, a woman believed to be pro Shah supporter is lynched by a Revolutionary mob.

A new site is looking to profile the work of famed Magnum Photographer Abbas–who covered much of the Iranian revolution. The site is a collaboration between IranWire and Journalism Is Not A Crime and produced by Iranian journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. It commemorates the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

Abbas.site does a great job of showing off how much the times have changed between the news coverage of Iran today and what it was back then. It’s broken down into many sections that not only show images but accompanying text that explains more about what was happening at that time. Since it’s Magnum photos photographer Abbas, it’s also just quite powerful in light of all that’s happening in the world right now.

If you’re into photojournalism and documentary work, some of the images will really grab you.