Photojournalist Moises Saman started travelling to the Middle East to cover the fallout of the 9/11 attacks. He first visited Afghanistan in 2001, a country Saman described as “a land of clashing contrasts, of raw beauty, its landscape scarred by centuries of wars fought against foreign armies and with itself”. He has returned over and over again, capturing the deteriorating security situation and the country’s fragility. “One less safe road to travel on, a labyrinth of blast walls surrounding Kabul, the hostile stare of an innocent child. For the local population, peace and stability have become a fleeting dream, not a sustainable promise in which their sense of hope finds refuge. Still, I continue to find myself drawn to this remarkable place and its people, to their unmatched sense of pride on being Afghan, and the hint of dignity and spirit that I find in most of the people I meet here, determined to carry on however battered their existence,” Saman says.

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
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Moises Saman was born in Lima, Peru, but spent most of his youth in Barcelona, Spain. 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 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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