The open road has long been romanticized by writers and artists alike, for whom highways offer not only a chance to discover a new land but also to make self-realizations and reach epiphanies. As part of our summer road trip series, Abbas presents a body of work he created aged 24, during a road trip through New Orleans, a trip that resulted in his first photographic essay.
My biography on the Magnum website certifies that I am a born photographer. However, it took a few years for me to become a professional one. During the summer of 1968, when I was 24 years old, I hitchhiked through the USA, starting from New York. After the four years, I had spent in England as a student – an England of closed spaces surrounded by hedges – the open spaces of America were most welcome. Continue reading.