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. For the last several years he has been working on a personal project documenting Venice Beach, California, which is one of Los Angeles's most iconic cultural locations. The result is his book Venice Beach: The Last Days of a Bohemian Paradise.
This latest conversation revolves around an in-depth discussion of his journey of seeing his Venice project published as a book.
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.
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