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Hand-Cut-and-Assembled Gelatin Silver Photo Collage.
Born in 1961 in Brooklyn, NY, Moumin is best known for her hand-cut-and-assembled gelatin silver photo collages, and for the B&W photographs from which they are made. Moumin is a self-taught collage artist, and created her first work at 8 years old, a bookcase covered with meticulously cut and pasted magazine pictures. In 1999, she graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a B.A. in Documentary Visual Studies and Society - a self-styled major, which combined her love of photography and commentary. In the early 2000's she began cutting up her own gelatin silver photographs for use in collage, in order to carry on with her work during a period when she had no access to a darkroom. This led to an ongoing Architextures series of hand-cut-and-assembled photo collages. She also creates mixed-media surrealist collages, often using one of her store window mannequin photos as the basis for an exploration of an emotional state. Moumin has exhibited her gelatin silver photographs and collages in New York, and nationwide, for over fifteen years. Her images have been featured in New York Gallery Guide, About.com, and The Sun Magazine. She has been interviewed for WBAI Radio in New York, served as Editorial Consultant for a technical photo manual written by David Fokos, and received a Puffin Foundation Grant for a documentary photography project. Moumin’s photographs and collages are in private collections in the US and abroad and she currently lives and works in New York and Silver Spring, MD.