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Dotan was born in a small Israeli kibbutz as the son and grandson of holocaust survivors. He grew-up in a diverse working class Parisian suburb and emigrated to the United States at the age of 25 with a Masters in computer science.


In 2015 Dotan decided to leave his successful high-tech carrier to focus on his lifelong passion for photography. He then attended the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, Missouri Photo Workshop, studied photojournalism at Santa Monica College, and quickly garnered awards and recognition in the field.

Dotan's award winning photographs have been published by National Geographic, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times and many others. 

After teaching street photography and documentary workshops for the Leica Akademie and Momenta Workshops, Dotan has started Storyteller Workshops in partnership with Gail Fisher, a distinguished veteran photographer and editor from National Geographic and the Los Angeles Times.

To date Dotan has published three monographs with the famed German publisher Kehrer Verlag:  

  • “Venice Beach, the Last Days of a Bohemian Paradise” (2018) was awarded Bronze by the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. 

  • "Nowhere to Go but Everywhere" (2020) documented the everyday life of a family of vehicle dwellers with their three young children on the streets of Los Angeles. 

  • "DOGTOWN, the Pups of Venice Beach and their Humans" (2024) is a book about the dog culture of the historical Dogtown neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Dotan lives in West Los Angeles with his wife, Abigail and their dog, Beau.

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  • Storyteller Workshops Provence Travel Photography - 10/2024

  • Storyteller Workshops Paris Travel Photography - 4/2024

  • Storyteller Workshops Santa Barbara photo documentary - 6/2023

  • Leica Akademie Venice Beach Street Photography - 9/2021

  • Online Street Photography Masterclass (ongoing)

  • Leica Akademie Venice Beach Street Photography - 3/2019

  • Leica Akademie Destination Romania with Dotan Saguy - 7/2019

Honors & Awards

  • Featured prominently in Leica's 2021 worldwide branding campaign "The World Deserves Witnesses"

  • “On top of the world” juried into the 2019 International Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA in November 2019.

  • 1st place award winner at the Annual Members' Exhibition 2019 of LACP

  • Deutscher Fotobuchpreis Bronze prize 2018-19

  • Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50

  • PDN Exposure Award 2016 - Honorable Mention

  • National Geographic: Winner of “Ask a Local” Yourshot photo story. Prize: assignment with National Geographic in Seoul

  • Panelist at Momenta 1-day Workshop on shooting for non-profits. August 2016

  • National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 - Honorable Mention, People Category

  • California College Media Awards 2016 - Best Photo Story Honorable Mention 

  • Journalism Association of Community Colleges Award 2016 Photo Story - 1st Place

  • Los Angeles Center of Photography Member of the Month. February 2016

  • International Monochrome Awards Contest 2015 Photojournalism category Honorable Mention


  • Solo exhibit "Venice Beach" at Venice Arts 8-9/2018 in Los Angeles, CA

  • Kehrer Gallery: US BLUES featuring Paul D'Amato, Pamela Littky, Dotan Saguy, Jay Wolke
    Summer 2018

  • Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles: "From Generation to Generation" Photo Exhibit. 9-10/2016

  • Hive Gallery Fine Art exhibit in downtown Los Angeles. 9/2016

  • Los Angeles Center of Photography 3rd Annual Members Show. 8/2016.

  • Los Angeles Center of Photography Street Shooting in Los Angeles Exhibition. 6-7/2016

  • 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles. Streetscapes Exhibit. 6-7 2016.

  • Wall Street Gallery, Los Angeles. 5/2015.

Notable Lectures

  • 10 Steps to Make Your Street Photography Stand Out, B&H Event Space, May 2021

  • How to Find Your Style, B&H Event Space, Sept 2020

  • Talk and book signing at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles on August 5, 2018

  • From Street Photography to a Published Book, B&H Event Space, Nov 2017  

  • The Evolution of a Street Photographer, B&H Event Space, Nov 2016

  • Cuba Changing at Open Show LA.  Aug, 2016

  • Shooting in Cuba Today at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. June 2016


  • Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX 10/2016

  • Missouri Photo Workshop #68 9/2016

  • Aline Smithson. The Next Step. Fall 2016

  • Momenta Workshops Project LA: Shooting for Non-Profits. 2/2016

  • Sport Shooters Academy XII. 11/2015

  • Advanced Photojournalism Course (JOURN 22). Santa Monica College, Fall 2015

Notable Publications

  • Newsweek Japan, August 2020

  • The Guardian, August 2020

  • The Eye of Photography, August 2020

  • Leica Fotographie International (LFI) book of the month October 2020

  • Cover of BETA Magazine and 26-page portfolio in the 33rd issue

  • Singapore Airlines Inflight Magazine Oct. 2016: 10-page Artist Portfolio Feature

  • blog interview by Hon Hoang 

  • Thorsten Overgaard: Interview for Oct. 2016

  • PDN Pulse Blog Interview by David Walker. Sept. 2, 2016

  • PDN Photo of the Day: Sept. 1, 2016

  • National Geographic Ask a Local Story (5 opening images) Jul 16, 2016

  • ABC News: The Changing Face of Cuba (15 images). June 2016.

  • National Geographic Daily Dozen Selection. May 24, 2016

  • National Geographic Daily Dozen Selection. Apr 12, 2016

  • The Leica Meet, Selection of Excellence 2016

  • National Geographic: 10+ publications in the Daily Dozen Selection in 2015 and 2016

  • Leica Photography International: Picture of the Week. Week #9 2016

  • National Geographic: Photo of the Day. Feb. 11 2016

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