Sofía Moro

Shujaa Graham (2009)

Sofia Moro knows that photography is about making reality unforgettable. That’s why in 2009 she traveled to Hotel Altarista located in Birmingham, Alabama, to witness the meeting of 21 of the 139 exonerated death row inmates who had managed to prove their innocence throughout the history of the United States.

A meeting full of sadness and joy. For four days she met all the key figures of the meeting: she delved into their stories, their feelings and the difficult journey that all who have been sentenced to death go through to prove their innocence.

She took notice of Shujaa Graham and his life marked by poverty and segregation. In 1973 he was charged with killing one of the guards of the prison where he was being held and he was sentenced to death. The California Supreme Court overturned the judgment in 1979 based on the systematic exclusion of African Americans jurors. In 1981 he was declared innocent and released. He let Sofia take his photograph: A tear rolled down his cheek while his photo was being taken, he knew this image would become a manifesto against the death penalty.

Sophia Moro went to that meeting because she knew that the eye is insatiable. She wants to see. She wants to snatch from reality anything resembling the issues that cross her mind. That’s why you will find commitment and excitement in her photographs.

Sofía Moro
© Sofía Moro, 2019

Sofía Moro

Madrid, 1966

A lover of photography from a very young age, Moro’s work is split between photojournalism, documentary photography and editorial photography. She considers herself a very documentary photographer who tells stories through her images, and focuses her attention on those images that inspire emotions and are capable of moving people. In her work, the faces of her subjects are of vital importance. Her most personal projects are of a social nature in defense of human rights.

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