Abbas (Abbas Attar)
[Photographer, b. 1944, Iran, lives in Paris.]
I know that some photographers have big egos, but photography is simple. In the morning, you put a roll of film in your camera—and today you don’t even have to do this with digital. You take to the streets, you come back home, edit your photographs and show them. It’s that simple.
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.
Isn’t photography “writing with light”? But with the difference that while the writer possesses his word, the photographer is himself possessed by his photo...