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Magnum photographer Abbas has died aged 74

SOUTH VIETNAM. 1973. Photographer ABBAS wears helmet and flack-jacket while covering the war.  © A. Abbas/Magnum Photos

Sad news in from Magnum this week – Abbas, one of PAN’s few collected photographers, has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family.

This from the agency:


Magnum photographer Abbas has died in Paris on Wednesday April 25, 2018, at the age of 74. In a career that spanned six decades, he covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid.

Magnum’s current president Thomas Dworzak paid tribute to the veteran photographer, who for many at the agency has been both a friend and mentor:

“He was a pillar of Magnum, a godfather for a generation of younger photojournalists. An Iranian transplanted to Paris, he was a citizen of the world he relentlessly documented; its wars, its disasters, its revolutions and upheavals, and its beliefs – all his life. It is with immense sadness that we lose him. May the gods and angels of all the world’s major religions he photographed so passionately be there for him.”

A born photographer the Iranian later relocated to Paris. He dedicated himself to documenting the political, religious and social life of societies in conflict.

View Abbas images at Magnum



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