Leica Experiences: Venice Beach with Dotan Saguy
Abbot Kinney founded the city of Venice Beach, California in 1905. Originally a seaside resort town, it was an independent city. Known for its canals, the Venice Pier, the promenade along the beach, and the surrounding lifestyle of street performers, artists, and restaurants, Venice has been labeled “a cultural hub” for its eccentric atmosphere. Millions of visitors a year visit Venice Beach. But they only see it from a distance. This is your chance to experience it with a photographer who has been breathing, eating, documenting, and just living with it for years, Dotan Saguy.
Most tourists visit Venice and see the bohemian culture and hippies of the drum circle on the sand, from the boardwalk. Dotan will take you in and help you photograph the raw essence of the people.
- Going beyond the single image to shape a visual story
- Seeing and shooting moments before they happen
- Developing your eye to see in black and white
- Working in layered compositions for compelling street photos
- Working with the Leica M rangefinder system (optional)
- Learn Dotan’s approach to the people, places, and activities beyond the path of the tourist pavement.
Location: Venice Beach
Participants: 1 person
Duration: approx. 6 hours (depending on day of events)
Inclusions: Lunch or Dinner in Venice Beach
Exclusions: Travel to and from Venice Beach, accommodation, and local transportation
Gear Recommendation: Dotan Recommendation: Leica M, 35mm lens, 50mm, or 28mm (Though not required)
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 and documentary workshops for Leica Akademie and Momenta Workshops.
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.
Dotan lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.