1974, born in Lima, Peru
Moises 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.
Presentation of the project " GLAD TIDINGS OF BENEVOLENCE "*
Iraq has defined Moises Saman’s career as a photojournalist. He began working there just before the 2003 US invasion as a newspaper photographer, and has continued to work across the country almost every year since. His work has covered the US occupation and withdrawal, displacement, ethnic cleansing and other human rights and humanitarian crises, governance issues, the rise and fall of ISIS, and more. However, his intention with this project is not to present a journalistic or historical account of post-Saddam Iraq.
Rather, he wants to present a more conceptual account, one that captures the cacophony of voices that have shaped the narrative of what is arguably the defining war of our generation. He plans to pair his photographs with key sourced texts about the Iraq war – notable quotes from political, military and other powerful figures; memorable passages; official transcripts; military lingo; pop culture references; etc. Texts and photographs will be decontextualized and paired in ways that reveal new layers to the discussion.
“Who has the power to shape the narrative of a war, and how do they wield that power? Who is a local voice, and who is a global voice? How do multiple narratives compete and combine with one another? What truths get buried in the clamor?“
His photographs are not meant to represent an objective account of the Iraq war against which to compare the textual references. Rather, the book grapples with Moises Saman’s own role and power as a narrator – particularly one with access to foreign publications – and the biases and limitations inevitably embedded in his work.
*re title: Sourced from the thousands of code names used by the US military to identify military operations in Iraq from 2003-2010. Operation Glad Tidings of Benevolence was an Iraq operation carried out in 2009, it consisted of clearing areas in search of weapons caches, checking identification for known criminals and bringing humanitarian assistance to local communities.
2020 –2021 COVID-19 and Us by Magnum Photos and You Musée International de la Croix Rouge, Geneva, Switzerland
2020 –2021 Mountains by Magnum Photographers, Forte di Bard, Bard, Italy
2019 WALL/S Annenberg Center for Photography, Los Angeles, USA
2018 Players, Magnum Photographers come into Play, Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, Spain
2017 Exile, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway
2017 Magnum Manifesto, ICP New York City, USA
2016 DISCORDIA (Self-Published)
2012 UNKNOWN QUANTITIES (Published by Fishbar Gallery, London)
2007 AFGHANISTAN:BROKEN PROMISE (Edizione Charta)
2005 THIS IS WAR (Edizione Charta)