Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian documentary photographer, artful book maker & mentor. Born in Worcestershire, UK, she studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US & UK. Her work explores notions of home & belonging. It is recognised for its uniquely lyrical eye on reality.
Her work has been awarded, exhibited & published internationally, including The New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam.
Her self-published monographs have garnered multiple international accolades. In 2015 she released her first title “In the Shadow of the Pyramids”, a first-person account exploring memory & identity. The publication was internationally hailed & earned the shortlist for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize – awarded annually to an artist of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution to photography in Europe.
She subsequently self-published two other titles: “The People” (2015), a newsprint celebrating the Egyptian Revolution of 2011; “Beyond Here Is Nothing” (2017), a meditation on home & belonging. In 2019 she released her fourth monograph, “A Star in the Sea”, an artistic contemplation on embracing the unexpected.
Laura's goal as an artist is to produce unique and thought-provoking work. She often collaborates with like-minded individuals, institutions & organizations driven to inform responsibly, contribute positive change to the world & encourage stimulating thought & creativity.