Photo by Alexia Motal

Photo by Alexia Motal

Julius Motal is a photographer, writer, and journalist based in New York City whose work focuses on immigration, human rights and politics. Restless curiosity and a desire to see what life is like beyond the concrete jungle took him to Istanbul in 2015 where he spent time with craftspeople and artists, chased protests, and witnessed how the refugee crisis and a worsening political situation changed the fabric of life in the city. In 2016, he traveled to Greece to cover the refugee crisis.

Julius returned to New York City in late 2016 where he is focusing on immigration and the current political climate.

As of 2017, he is working as the Chief Photographer and Photo Editor for The Riverdale Press in the Bronx.

Publications and clients include:

-The New York Times
-Vanity Fair Italy
-SIPA USA
-The Riverdale Press
-Quartz
-BuzzFeed
-PRI's The World
-Mashable
-Time Out Istanbul in English
-Gothamist
-Voices of NY
-TimesLedger
-New York Observer
-Commercial Observer
-Impose Magazine

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

-Juried Documentary Photo 2018, Mills Pond Gallery — St. James, NY

2016

-Mobile Nordic, Centre for Creative Photography — Jyväskylä, Finland

-Athens Photo Festival, Greece - shortlisted

-StreetFoto San Francisco, USA - finalist

Collections

2016

-Dimosthenis Hotel, Greece - permanent collection "Forget Idomeni Not"

Awards

2018

-Honorable Mention for Best Feature Story, New York Press Awards, for "A fight for awareness"

Press

2018

-Interview on The Bronx Buzz, Aug. 23, 2018

-Julius Motal Live | Photo Brigade Podcast

-Vanity Fair Italy: Cat People

-Interview on The Bronx Buzz, Feb. 15, 2018

2017

-NYTimes Lens Blog: Why Cats? Why Not Cats?

2016

-Everyday Everywhere Curator Spotlight