Dotan Saguy was born in a small kibbutz five miles south of Israel’s Lebanese border. He grew-up in a diverse working class Parisian suburb, lived in Lower Manhattan during 9/11 and moved to Los Angeles in 2003.
In 2015 Dotan decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography after a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur.
Since then Dotan attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Missouri Photo Workshop and studied photojournalism at Santa Monica College.
Dotan's work has been published by National Geographic, PDN, Leica Fotografie International, ABC News, has been exhibited in several galleries across Los Angeles and has been awarded 1st place photo story from the nationwide Journalism Association of Community Colleges in 2016 and an honorable mention in the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Award 2016.
Dotan is currently working on several ground-breaking long term projects including an in-depth photo essay about the culture of Venice Beach and a photo documentary about the journey of people coming out of homelessness. Dotan lives in West Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Dotan gets asked often about gear. He'd rather talk about photography but here's a quick rundown to get the topic covered:
Cameras: Dotan's black and white work is never converted from color files. It's all shot using the Leica Monochrom in beautiful native black and white. His color work is shot with a Leica M (typ 240). Dotan favors Leica rangefinders for their simplicity and the predictability of their fully manual mode of operation.
Lenses: Dotan shoots exclusively with two prime lenses: a 35mm and a 50mm used almost equally as much. Why only two? (1) Dotan believes that limiting his focal length choices enables him to pre-visualize compositions better. (2) He has legs.