Discordia by Moises Saman
These photographs were taken while I was working as a photojournalist in multiple countries in the region for publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and TIME magazine. Over these years, the many revolutions overlapped and in my mind became one blur, one story in itself. In order to tell this story the way I experienced it, I felt the need to transcend a linear journalistic, and instead create a new narrative that combined the multitude of voices, emotions, and the lasting uncertainty I felt.
In Discordia, Saman presents the unfolding of long and complex photographic sequences, absent of
captions, an unexpected and less straightforward journalistic representation of the Arab
Spring. The book includes a series of photo collages, created by the Dutch-Iranian artist Daria
Birang from Saman’s photographs, grainy cut-outs exploring the repetition of human gestures and
theatrics that Saman saw time after time during the events.