Photo by Alexia Motal

Photo by Alexia Motal

Julius Motal is an award-winning photographer, writer, and journalist based in New York City. 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.

He works as the Chief Photographer and Photo Editor for The Riverdale Press in the Bronx. He was a student at the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI in 2018. He earned his Master’s in Journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2014, which is now known as the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Publications and clients include:

-Associated Press
-The New York Times
-Vanity Fair Italy
-Culinary Backstreets
-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


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


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

-Athens Photo Festival, Greece - shortlisted

-StreetFoto San Francisco, USA - finalist



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



-Third Place for Coverage of the Arts, New York Press Awards; shared with Tiffany Moustakas


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



-Interview on The Bronx Buzz, Jan. 3, 2019


-5 Journal: Home in Absentia, interview and feature on documentary work in Greece (p. 46)

-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


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


-Everyday Everywhere Curator Spotlight