Abbas Attar 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 religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. During the 1970s he made a number of trips to Iran, taking pictures of the extraordinary impact that the western petro-dollars had made on the country’s society. Between 1978 and 1980, Abbas established a worldwide reputation as a photographer by documenting the Iranian revolution.
He was a member of Sipa from 1971 to 1973, a member of Gamma from 1974 to 1980, and joined Magnum photos in 1981. He wrote a book entitled, Iran Diary 1971-2002, which contains a critical interpretation of Iranian history, photographed and written as a private journal.