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Name

Motty Levy

Location

Toronto, Canada

Bio

Motty career as a photojournalist started in Israel, where he was born. While there, He worked for a variety of Newspapers and Magazines, including Hadashot, Maariv, Haretz, and The Jerusalem Post. 
After moving to Canada, completing some soul-searching, and familiarizing himself with his  new home, He continue to work as a Freelance photographer.
As a photographer and an artist, Motty has the unique capability of capturing the raw and genuine emotions within ordinary, every-day life moments. As part of his artistic developmental journey, Motty places emphasis on exploring the impact of time and the evolution of culture throughout the world. He is particularly drawn to the cultural changes and diversity surrounding him, including those linked to his own background. The reoccurring theme across all of his work is the expression of spontaneity and the freedom to capture real-life moments. The foundation of this approach is based on Motty’s belief that there is beauty and uniqueness in every situation and life-form.
Motty’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, NowMagazine, Flare Magazine, Jerusalem Post, Maariv, Hadashot. He has worked with different agencies such as Actra, The Toronto International Film Festival, The Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre.
Recent major projects include “From Hebron To Jerusalem,” “Eye to Zion,”  “I am Cuba” and
“Dreamland-In the footstep of Mark Twain inn the Holy land”
 
Levy’s photography projects have been exhibited at festivals and galleries throughout Canada, Europe, and Israel.
 
Some of His exhibits include: 
 
2016 – “Dreamland”- at the Miles Nadal  JCC -Israeli spotlight 2016
2014 – Art show- Composure- Galleria 814 
2014 –  5th Annual Art Show- Papermill Gallery 
2008 –  Jerusalem art show – Israeli art group –
2007 – Contact  photography Festival – Toronto,The spirit of Community Function art show
2003 –  Contact  photography Festival – Toronto – In The Junction – Group Show    
1998 – 2000  “Eye To Zion” – Marcia Rafelman Fine Art Gallery, Toronto  
1998 – “Eye To Zion” – CNE Pavilion, Israel 50th Birthday Art show
1997 – Art show – personal work – The Carrot Gallery, Toronto
1995 – Personal work – Post  Eyes, Toronto
 

 Motty is a member of the acclaimed Zuma Press Agency

Artist Statement

As a photographer and artist, I always strive to capture special moments within ordinary events. As part of my artistic development journey, I have found myself time and again focuses on exploring the impact of time and culture changes all over the world. I’m attracted to social, cultural, and diversity issues around me, and in this regard, I truly believe a picture can speak a thousand words.
 
Henri Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, and Bruce Davidson are a few of the photographers whose work has inspired me. Similarly, I understood that my own drive comes from my ability to capture unplanned moments and genuinely candid life experiences that can never be staged. The theme across all of my work has always been the spontaneity and the freedom to capture real-life moments. The foundation of this approach is based on my belief that there is beauty and uniqueness in every situation and life-form.
 
The result is uncontrived images of people, and nature that are expressive and revealing of their emotions and relationships”

“Using a small camera, available light and capturing a sense of the fleeting and the candid, Motty’s photographic style is influenced by his many years experience as a photojournalist. He finds no need to stage, force or manufacture situations when the richness of the real experience is so apparent to his sensitive and intuitive eye. The result is that he produces uncontrived images of people that are expressive and revealing of their emotions and relationships”
– Marcia Rafelman Fine Art

Motty is a member of the acclaimed Zuma Press Agency
 

Website

mottyphotographer.com

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