Introducing Abbas Attar

The powerful testimony of Abbas Attar shows his personal account of conflicts witnessed and photographed of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the Islamicization of the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, and other conflicts involving religion, terrorism, revolution, and war. He is an Iranian photographer known for his photojournalism in Biafra, Vietnam and South Africa in the 1970s, and for his extensive essays on religions in later years. His most recent projects focus on the following religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism.

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Interview with Abbas Attar

{Excerpt} Whoa, two cameras, you know bao chi, you know bao chi means in Vietnamese means journalist.  So this is in Vietnam this is the first thing we learned you know that if the Viet Cong took you say, raise your hand and say, “Bao chi,” means journalist you know.  So when I see two cameras pointed at me you know I’m tempted to say, “Bao chi.”

Well as you know I’m working on God.  I’ve been working on God for 35 years and done religions one after the other.  Of course after Iran I did Islam and after Islam I did Christianity, Paganism, Buddhism, I’ve just finished Hinduism.  

The first would be the last.  So I’m just started to work on Judaism and the concept is the same as the others.  You know basically I’ve traveled to countries you know and the photographs they come back, I edit, I write and that’s it.  You know photography is a simple business.

Allah O Akbar is the book I did on Islam on the resurgence of Islam.  I started in 1987 and it went onto 1993. Why? Because having covered the Iranian Revolution for two years and being really involved and not only involved but sometimes concerned I could see that the wave of religious passion raised by the Iranian Revolution this wave was not going to stop at the borders of Iran; it was obvious…

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