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Moises Saman has been documenting Iraq for almost two decades. He first travelled to Iraq after the US-led military invasion in 2003, and returned to cover the aftermath and more recent war against ISIS. “The nature of war, the ambiguity, the victim/perpetrator dynamic — these are the dialogues I want to have about war and conflict. For me, returning to Iraq and now having also a personal stake in the fact that part of my family is from that part of the world, I really feel this need to say something perhaps more profound,” 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 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.

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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