Tehran, Iran. January 25, 1979. “‘If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough,’ Robert Capa famously said. 1979, Tehran: The Shah has left the country. Khomeini has arrived.
In a couple of weeks, he will triumph. Young revolutionaries are lynching a woman they believe to be a supporter of the Shah. I run backwards, as fast as the mob, shooting. Later, while examining my contact sheets, I am reminded of Capa’s iconic photo of a French woman, from the end of WWII. Carrying her baby by a German soldier, she is marched home, her head shaven as punishment. What do you think, Bob? Was I close enough?” — Abbas
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