The German-born photographer and writer Julian Voloj explores aspects of identity and heritage in his work. In 2003 Julian Voloj was awarded with the Second Prize at the Washington Post Annual Photography Contest. Voloj's photos appeared in various newspapers and magazines such as the New York Post, PresenTense Magazine, and the Brooklynite. In 2007, Voloj was commissioned by the Forward for the book "A Living Lens", a book that Jonathan Safran Foer called "not only an amazing book, but an invaluable artifact and a work of art." His photographs were shown in various venues in the US and Europe.
His most recent project, Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker, was inspired by the real-life story of Benjy Melendez, former gang leader who initiated a gang truce, fostered the deevelopment of hip-hop, and simultaneously discovered his Jewish roots. Julian Voloj lives in New York City.
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