Nicolas Moscara has specialized in action documentaries for French most important TV networks. He started his highly productive career as a photo reporter and cameraman covering the news. As such, he reported on some of the most important global events of the 80s. He then turned to filmmaking. He made several documentaries featuring the elite French GIGN, commandos and the Foreign Legion.
In 2015, Nicolas Moscara partnered with the Tony Comiti press agency.
If he had been born before the invention of photography and of motion pictures, Nicolas Moscara would definitely have followed in the footsteps of his ancestor Charles Pécrus, an artist who, together with Eugène Boudin, depicted the shores of Normandy. At the age of 15, before undertaking his studies in the art of photography at the Ecole des Gobelins, Nicolas was already taking his first photos and working for a suburban daily in the outskirts of Paris. At 18, he left for Cuba to join his uncle, a companion of Che, and he returned with a series of black-and-white negatives, deeply inspired by his absolute master, Henri Cartier Bresson. Three years of studies at the Ecole des Gobelins led him to decide definitively for photo-journalism. During his military service, Nicolas Moscara served on the staff of the newspaper TAM (Terre Air Mer), familiarising himself with elite troops without imagining that this orientation was to determine the remainder of his career and forge his fame in the profession.
In 1980, France Soir, the leading French daily at the time in terms of circulation, launched a news magazine completely in pictures, France Soir Magazine, and it hired Nicolas Moscara to photograph the stars in the news. With little inclination for being around show biz or jet set stars, he was very soon to show up at the hot spots around the planet: Chad, Lebanon, Mexico. Nicolas joined up with Alain Keramoal, François Tauriac, François Guénet and François Malye. In 1987, when he was 30, he changed fields and embarked on the adventure of La Cinq, the new private television station. Nicolas became a news cameraman, covering the war in Lebanon, the bloody repression at Tiananmen Square in Peking, the events in Ouvéa in New Caledonia, the first Gulf war and the liberation of Kuwait alongside the American special forces.
He worked with Patrice Duhamel, Patrick de Carolis, Guillaume Durant, Michel Dumont, Henri Weill, Pascal Pinning and Alain Debos. Five years later, La Cinq disappeared, and Nicolas Moscara became an independent cameraman. He discovered the documentary film and magazine subjects, worked with the Chilean filmmaker Emilio Pacull and particularly with Jean-Luc Léon, one of the most talented French documentary makers.
With Harry Roselmack
with Bac 11 de Paris
With civil security
Nicolas Moscara then collaborated with Jean Bertolino for ‘52 sur la Une’, TF1’s magazine for coverage of major events, and he met Tony Comiti, Patrice Lucchini and Bernard Laine. The four journalists have the same desire for action reporting alongside men on the ground (soldiers, doctors, firemen, policemen, gendarmes, bailiffs, etc.).
When he was 40, Nicolas Moscara became a filmmaker: he took off alone to film his full feature films for the large French channels (TF1: ‘Le droit de savoir et Appel d’urgence’; M6: ‘Zone Interdite et les Routes de l’Impossible’; France 2: ‘Envoyé Spécial’; etc.).
One filming came after another, and in 2003, Patrick de Carolis, at the time producer and host of the program ‘Des Racines et des Ailes’, a long-standing friend and professional companion, asked Nicolas to do a two-hour documentary on selection for the prestigious GIGN, the French gendarmerie’s crack force. The subject filled 15 million TV viewers with enthusiasm and was to be broadcast six times on France 3 during prime time. It was followed by ‘Au cœur du 36 quai des Orfèvres’, which won great success.
Nicolas Moscara has produced about ten two-hour broadcasts for France 3, and he works regularly with Muriel Rosé, in charge of documentaries for this channel. He has travelled to Somalia, Afghanistan and Djibouti and has produced ‘Commando’ and ‘Au cœur de la Légion étrangère’.
In 2008, Nicolas took up again with one of his old fellow travellers, Patrick Spica, and realised for his production company a number of subjects for ‘Zone Interdite’ and ‘Enquête exclusive’ (M6).
In 2010, Nicolas Moscara signed on with TF1 Production and realised for the broadcast Appel d’Urgence ‘Les Gendarmes de la baie de St Tropez’ and ‘Les flics de la Bac 11’ (anti-crime brigade). Nicolas Moscara worked with Harry Roselmack and made ‘Harry en immersion en Afghanistan’.
Nicolas recently created “Au Coeur de l’Urgence”, a new programme which is broadcast by France 3, and which he filmed with a revolutionary technique that he personally developed.
In 2015, Nicolas Moscara partenered with the Tony Comiti Press Agency