Past Event

The Nexus of Documentary Photography and Human Rights Advocacy

February 17, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
6:30 - 7:30 pm Amman | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm New York
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In this webinar, we speak with Moises Saman, a documentary photographer known for his work documenting displacement, conflict, and humanitarian situations around the world. Saman will discuss how the conversations around visual narratives and representations are changing in the industry. We will look at the evolution of Saman’s own voice in documentary photography and discuss the possibilities and the limits that arise from visual narratives. The conversation will also address the ethical considerations involved in working in settings of conflict and human rights. What do we learn about the people we document and what can they teach us?


Moises Saman is a freelance photographer currently based in Amman, Jordan, and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, TIMEThe New Yorker, and NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF, amongst others. In 2015, he was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, culminating in the publication of Discodia, a multi-layered visual representation of the Arab Spring.

Sara Obeidat is a Jordanian journalist and producer. Over the last five years, she has reported and produced several programs for PBS’s long running documentary series FRONTLINE. Sara received a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she focused on documentary filmmaking. Prior to working in the documentary field, she worked as a reporter at 7iber, a Jordanian based online platform that seeks to uphold accountability through in depth journalism.