"As a photojournalist I am interested in searching for the positive commonalities in human spirit, to expose those intimate moments among people that reminds us of dignity and hope in the face of conflict"

- Moises Saman

b. 1974

Spanish/American

Based in Tokyo, Japan

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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.

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Moises Saman

Moises Saman's new book represents a personal memory of the nearly four years he spent living and working as a photojournalist in the Middle East during the Arab Spring

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Afghanistan

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Quarantine Conversations: Moises Saman and Alec Soth

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Quarantine Conversations: Jim Goldberg and Moises Saman

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Past Artist Talk
New York, United States

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

Moises Saman
Feb 7 2020

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Magnum’s Pictures of the Year, 2019

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Past Workshop
New York, USA

Taking Your Time: Expanding Long-Term Visual Projects

Moises Saman
Feb 7 - 9 · Free

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Magnum Creative

Past Artist Talk
Los Angeles, U.S.A.

In Between Walls and Peace: An Evening with Magnum’s Moises Saman and Pauline Vermare

Moises Saman
Oct 5 2019 · Fully booked · Free

Arts & Culture

Only Their Names Die: A Portrait of El Salvador

Moises Saman

Arts & Culture

Moises Saman Reconnects with his Peruvian Roots

Moises Saman

Past Exhibition
Busan, South Korea

Home, Busan

Magnum Photographers
Until May 8, 2019

Past Exhibition
, United Kingdom

In Our Lifetime

Magnum Photographers
Until Apr 22, 2019 · Free

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The Damned of the Mountain

Moises Saman

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The Magnum Digest: October 19, 2018

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Past Exhibition
Milan, Italy

Home, Milan

Magnum Photographers
Until Oct 28, 2018

Past Exhibition
Köln, Germany

Home, Photokina

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 29, 2018

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Past Exhibition
Hong Kong, China

Home, Hong Kong

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 27, 2018
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