Dotan Saguy: Nowhere to go but Everywhere
When I drive through the streets of Los Angeles, I am overwhelmed by the homeless encampments that are literally everywhere–in door ways, under freeway over passes, in every park in the city–clusters of tents are now a ubiquitous part of the landscape. Covid has only increased the population and the daily consideration of people in need. In addition to the street encampments, a host of families and individuals that have found homes in RV’s and buses that line the avenues and beaches. Documentary photographer, Dotan Saguy has produced a poignant and profound project, Nowhere to go but Anywhere, following one Mormon family from Brazil as they navigate the terrain of finding home, wherever they park their bus. This year long effort is now a book, under the same title, published by Kehrer Verlag. The book starts on the day the family arrives in Los Angeles, and over the months, Dotan shares intimate and authentic portraits of the beauty and chaos of unconventional family life. The book has accompanying interviews that he conducted with the family discussing topics such as immigration, modern parenting, the stigma of homelessness, and questioning one’s religious identity. The book is a testament to being human. Nowhere to go but Anywhere is available now on Amazon. A limited number of signed first edition copies are still available on Dotan’s website.
Dotan Saguy was born in a small kibbutz five miles south of Israel’s Lebanese border. Dotan 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 prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, Missouri Photo Workshop and studied photojournalism at Santa Monica College. Dotan’s award winning photographs have been published by National Geographic, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times and many others. Dotan teaches street photography workshops for Leica Akademie as well as an online Street Photography Masterclass based on the unique methodology he developed for his own work.
In 2018 Dotan’s first monograph about the endangered culture of Venice Beach, CA was published by famed German publisher Kehrer Verlag and was awarded Bronze by the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2018-19. Dotan’s second monograph was released by Kehrer Verlag in September 2020. This new body of work documents the everyday life of a family of vehicle dwellers with their three young children on the streets of Los Angeles. Unfortunately all exhibits have been cancelled for the moment due to Covid. Details about my new online street photography masterclass are at http://courses.dotansaguy.com.
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