la Fiesta del Fuego (the Fire Festival) in Cuba


A screening of "la Fiesta del Fuego (the Fire Festival) of Cuba" at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508.

Guest speakers to include the director/producer Susanne Moss, editor/post production supervisor Jim Biffle and Cuban cultural expert Frank Quintero.

la Fiesta del Fuego (the Fire Festival) celebrates Caribbean culture, history and religious traditions.  Native Indians, Santeros and Rastafarians perform sacred rituals passed-down by their ancestors.  The festival concludes with a spectacular burning of an effigy of the devil!  The "fire" symbolizes ridding the world of all its bad influences and evil. 

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My Third Eye: How Photography Magnifies Oral History.

August 13-16, 2013

Slide Show and Oral Presentation at The University of the West Indies at MONA Campus, Kingston, Jamaica. The Conference: Rastafari, Coral Gardens and African Redemption: Issues Challenges and Opportunities

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India Collage

September 2013

“Indian Collage” A presentation of Images of India taken January and February 2013.

There will be Indian Dancing, Live    music and Indian food available. 

Friday September 13, 2013 - 8pm



Reggae Vibes #30

June 2013

I-Sight Susanne ‘Selah” Moss, Photography Review in the French Magazine Reggae Vibes – Rastalogie. by Boris Lutanie and Jakes Homiak featuring 17 of Susanne’s images of the Rastafarian Culture

Susanne ‘Selah’ Moss

Translation by Solange

In 1980, Susanne Moss is fascinated by Bob Marley’s music and it’s by listening to his lyrics attentively that she discovers the Rastafari culture. In 1985, she takes her first trip to Jamaica and travels the island in a minivan. Since then, she hasn’t stopped returning as well as exploring other regions where she meets members of the Rasta community in West Africa, Ethiopia, Brazil, the Caribbean… Susanne Moss has crossed roads with great figures of the Rastafari community, Howellites to the Nyhabinghi patriarchs such as Bongo Watto, Ras Derminite, Ras Shadrach, Bongo Tawney, Bongo Lloyd and many others. Built patiently and passionately over 30 years, her photographic work has documentary, memorial and testimonial qualities. Her portraits manifest a great amity, a relationship of strong and lasting trust with the “people of Jah”. Photography also becomes a place to share and encounter, and what she photographs is never considered as an object of disembodied study, separate from her. With Susanne Moss, a shot doesn’t limit itself to a simple caption; it instills an exchange and creates affinities.

Susanne ‘Selah’ Moss’s photos have been published in numerous magazines such as The Source, The Beat, Rhythm Magazine, Carribean Magazine, Ragga magazine and as well as Reggae Vibes, where she regularly offers her photos in the section Rastalogie. Moreover, she has presented several exhibitions and conferences devoted to the Rastafari movement : “Countenance Brighten Countenance: The Visage of Rastafari” in New York, where she lives ; “In My House are many Mansions: Unity and Diversity in Rastafari” in 2002 in Santiago de Cuba ; and more recently “Discovering Rastafari!”, organized by Jakes Homiak at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington. Her photos also illustrate the cover of many books and CDs. In 2001, the Smithsonian Institute credited her with an Award for the quality of her photographic work. Independent photographer, Susanne Moss is also a video maker and has directed the documentary “Ras Cuba” at the request of Rastas de Santiago de Cuba, as well as “Rastas at home and Abroad”, projected in preview in 2010 at the first international conference of the Rastafarian movement at the West Indies University, Kingston, JA.

Observing Susanne Moss’s photos is like plunging into the heart of a live culture, dense and diverse. The photos she offers here seem to have a dialogue amongst themselves, they feed off of each other. The eye, the gaze, the acuity occupy a privileged place in the Rastafari cosmology (“Rasta-Far-Eye”). They symbolize the opening to the world, to the ‘other’, but also imply an introspective gaze, reflexive (“Eye-in-I”) that leads to the knowledge of self. “I and I”, “I and Eye” - in the Rasta point of view, these expressions surpass the simple homophonic coincidence; the words and the visual language carry a profoundly mystical dimension. In such conditions, the photographic practice as Susanne Moss conceives it requires a presence in the world and a vision of the world. A way of seeing and giving the sight.



Group Woman Show

January 2013

Photos Featured in the Group Woman Show  at The Howland Cultural Center

- 477 Main Street, Beacon NY 845-831-4988



Discovering Rastafari!

November 2007 - 2011

Photographs and Video Clips on display at the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. Exhibition “Discovering Rastafari!” 

 "Discovering Rastafari!" - Kingston, Jamaica - Coming Soon

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