Moises Saman (born 1974) is a Spanish-American photographer, based in Tokyo. He was born Lima, Peru. Saman is considered "one of the leading conflict photographers of his generation"
and is a full member of Magnum Photos
He worked as a photojournalist in the Middle East from 2011 to 2014. Saman is best known for his photographs from the wars in Iraq: the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the Iraqi Civil War but has also worked in Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, and Syria including in rebel-held areas there. He covered the Arab Spring and the Syrian Civil War for The New Yorker
and has worked for Human Rights Watch. His book Discordia
(2016) is about the revolution in Egypt and the broader Arab Spring.
Saman has won multiple awards from World Press Photo
and Pictures of the Year International, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship
In 2010 Saman was invited to join Magnum Photos
as a nominee and became a full member in 2014.
Moises Saman was born in 1974 in Lima, Peru, but spent most of his youth in Barcelona, Spain, after his family moved there. 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 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 seven years at Newsday
, Moises’ 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 became a regular contributor for The New York Times
, Human Rights Watch, Newsweek
, and Time Magazine
, among other international publications.
Source: World Press Photo