Meet the legends (Raw talk) – Abbas
Abbas (Magnum photographer) – Abbas is an Iranian photographer moved later to Paris. He has dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. In his major work since 1970 he has covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid.
From 1978 to 1980, Abbas photographed the revolution in Iran, to which he returned in 1997 after seventeen years of voluntary exile. His book Iran Diary 1971-2002 is a critical interpretation of Iranian history, photographed and written as a private journal.
He was a member of Sipa from 1971 to 1973, a member of Gamma (agency) from 1974 to 1980, and joined Magnum Photos in 1981.
He says about his work “My photography is a reflection, which comes to life in action and leads to meditation. Spontaneity – the suspended moment – intervenes during action, in the viewfinder. ”
and his advice for the young photographer when he was asked :
Q: What advice would you give young photographers ?
A: Get a good pair of walking shoes and…fall in love !
(N.B: All information has been collected from various sources.)