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"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


Based in Tokyo, Japan


Available for commissions
& assignments

Moises Saman was born in Lima, Peru, from a mixed Spanish and Peruvian family. At the age of 1 his family relocated to Barcelona, Spain, where Moises spent most of his youth. Moises studied Communications and Sociology in the United States at California State University, graduating in 1998. It was during his last year in university that Moises 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.

Moises interned at several small newspapers in California, and after graduating from university he moved to New York City to complete a summer internship at New York’s Newsday newspaper. That fall, upon completion of the internship, Moises spent a month traveling in Kosovo photographing the immediate aftermath of the last Balkan war.

In 2000 Moises joined Newsday as a Staff Photographer, a position he held until 2007. During his 7 years at Newsday, Moises’s work focused on covering the fallout of the 9/11 attacks, spending most of his time traveling between Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries. In the fall of 2007, Moises left Newsday to become a freelance photographer represented by Panos Pictures. During that time he become a regular contributor for The New York Times, Human Rights Watch, Newsweek, and TIME Magazine, among other international publications.

Over the years Moises’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 2010 Moises was invited to join Magnum Photos as a Nominee and became a full member in 2014. He now lives in Spain.

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Selected works



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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Past Artist Talk
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Tokyo: Workshop March 2017

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Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

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Odyssey Europe

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Consequences of War

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Up Close & Personal

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Public / Private: Love Stories and Intimate Journeys


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An Image That Changed Everything

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Moises Saman Documents the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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