Photo by  Amr Alfiky

Photo by Amr Alfiky

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 frequently 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
-The Riverdale Press
-PRI's The World
-Time Out Istanbul in English
-Voices of NY
-New York Observer
-Commercial Observer
-Impose Magazine

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 - Mobile Nordic, Finland - group exhibition at the Centre for Creative Photography

2016 - Athens Photo Festival, Greece - shortlisted

2016 - StreetFoto San Francisco, USA - finalist


2016 - Dimosthenis Hotel, Greece - permanent collection "Forget Idomeni Not"


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

-Vanity Fair Italy: Cat People

-Everyday Everywhere Curator Spotlight