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hi, this is in the current NYFA newsletter, an article on our main man Moises. Moises is on his way back to Iraq, so everyone’s girlfriends will be safe for the next month or so.

The images didn’t make the cut and paste, so go to the NYFA site…www.nyfa.org…also info there on nyfa’s various projects and artist funding ops.

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Moises Saman

Moises Saman is a news photographer for New York Newsday whose images of Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and other countries transcend reportage by inflicting uncanny sensations on the viewer. Looking at Samans photographs often feels like being there. Seemingly not content with shots from a safe physical and moral distance, Samans photos reveal an exceptional engagement with the environment he documents.

The following is a series of unpublished photos from two of Samans trips to Palestine this year, most recently to cover Yasser Arafats death. Footage of young boys in the West Bank throwing rocks amid clouds of tear gas has become an iconic image of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and while Saman captures this repeated scene with grim intensity, arguably the most arresting images here are simply of daily life. Although violence isnt a constant in Palestine, its ghost haunts many of these photos, perhaps most dramatically in the image of three silhouettes in front of a bullet-riddled building, the image taken from ground level, as if Saman was hiding quietly.

Click here to begin.

The latest news out of Palestine is that Marwan Barghouti will not run against Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian presidential race, clearing the way for Abbas, who was fired upon on November 15 at a public mourning for Arafat. While Abbas escaped unharmed, his bodyguard was killed, and one of Samans photos shows the grieving mourners. The new icon in the struggle between Palestine and Israel has become the concrete separation wall Israel has constructed near East Jerusalem to divide the territories. Samans photo of the wall shows a lone figure strolling its dusty perimeter, a no mans land if there ever was one.

Moises Saman is a staff photographer for New York Newsday and has recently shown his photographs at the Fotografie Museum in Amsterdam; Satellite Gallery, New York; and in BlackBook magazine. A book of his photographs titled This is War: A Witness to Mans Destruction was recently published by Edizione Charta.

For more information on Moises Saman, visit:
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/iraq/ny-iraq-saman.gallery
www.worldpressphoto.nl/masterclass/new/photogallery.jsp?id=46176
www.artbook.com/8881584824.html

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