Now based in Los Angeles and California’s Sierra Nevada, Dotan was born in Israel as the son and grandson of holocaust survivors. He grew up in a modest Parisian suburb and moved to the US as a young adult. After a 20 year career in high-tech Dotan retrained as a documentary photographer. He attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Missouri Photo Workshop and studied photojournalism at Santa Monica College.
Dotan's photographs have been published by National Geographic, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, etc. and exhibited by galleries in the US, Europe and Asia. Leica has prominently featured Dotan’s work in its 2021 worldwide branding campaign “The World Deserves Witnesses".
Dotan teaches for Leica Akademie, Momenta Workshops and is a frequent lecturer at the B&H Event Space. He has published two monographs: Venice Beach, Kehrer Verlag 2018 and Nowhere to Go but Everywhere, Kehrer Verlag, 2020.