Past Artist Talk

Taking Your Time: Expanding Long-term Visual Projects – An Evening Discussion

Mana Contemporary and Magnum Photos present, with special thanks to our partner New York Film Academy, an evening discussion with Magnum photographer Moises Saman and TIME Magazine’s special projects editor-at-large Paul Moakley on the production, editing and publishing of long-term multimedia projects

Moises Saman

Moises Saman A Qaddafi supporter holds a portrait of the Libyan leader during a celebration staged for a group of visiting foreign journalists after regime forces re-took the city from rebels. Zawiyah. Libya. (...)

Join us for an evening discussion with Magnum photographer Moises Saman and TIME Magazine’s special projects editor-at-large, Paul Moakley. Hear directly about their experiences as long-term collaborators on multimedia projects as they explain what takes place behind the scenes in the production process. Saman and Moakley will also discuss their creative relationship and how it has evolved over the years, from photographer and editor to producer and director.

Where & When

New York Film Academy Theater
17 Battery Place, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004

February 7th 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Reception – 7:30 – 9:00pm


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Moises Saman

Moises Saman blends traditional conflict photography with a deeply personal point of view. For more than ten years, he has been concerned with the humanitarian impact of war in the Middle East, documenting both the front line of daily suffering and the ‘fleeting moments on the periphery of the more dramatic events’.

Saman was born in Lima, Peru, from a mixed Spanish and Peruvian family. At the age of one his family relocated to Barcelona, Spain, where Moises spent most of his youth. Saman studied Communications and Sociology in the United States at California State University, graduating in 1998. It was during his last year in university that Saman first became interested in becoming a photographer, influenced by the work of a number of photojournalists that had been covering the wars in the Balkans.

Saman has worked on many editorial commissions including, most recently, the covers for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year 2018, which featured several journalists who have been targeted for their work. For this prestigious assignment, Saman photographed 26 journalists during trips to seven countries — including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Russia, Germany and Mexico.

Over the years Saman’s work has received awards from the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year and the Overseas Press Club and his photographs have been shown in a several exhibitions worldwide. In 2015, he was given the highly regarded Guggenheim Fellowship for his photojournalism project on the Arab Spring.

In 2010, Saman was invited to join Magnum Photos as a Nominee and became a full member in 2014. He is currently based in New York.

Paul Moakley

Paul Moakley is editor at large for special projects at TIME. Having previously been the deputy photo editor of TIME since 2010. He covers national news and special projects such as Person of the Year, TIME 100 and the LightBox photo blog.

Previously he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and photo editor of PDN (Photo District News). Moakley is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as a photographer and filmmaker.

He lives at the Alice Austen House Museum, home of one of America’s earliest photographers, as caretaker and curator of the museum.

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