Laura's Stories

In the shadow of the pyramids

Documentary

In the Shadow of the Pyramids

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i'll die for you

Nature & Environment, Documentary

I'll Die For You

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Beyond Here Is Nothing

Fine Art, Documentary

A meditation on home and belonging

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About Laura

Bio

Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents. She attended high school in Saudi Arabia, started university in Cairo, Egypt and finished in the US. She reads, writes and speaks Arabic, thinks and dreams in English and feels both. This unusual blend carries through her photographic work. Her photography is inspired by questions on her identity - exploring social and environmental issues pertaining to her background.

In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance to pursue personal projects. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with dual degrees in journalism and political science. Additional education includes an MA in Art and Media Practice from the University of Westminster (UK/2011) and a Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford (UK/2009).

Her first book, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, offers a first person account exploring memory and identity against the backdrop of her native Egypt’s political turmoil from 2005 to 2014. Self published on Jan. 25, 2015 to coincide with the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, it has been named as one of the best photography books of 2015 by several critics and book collectors. It earned the nomination for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016.

Nationality Egyptian
Born in United Kingdom
Languages spoken Arabic, English

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Awards

2016

  • Nominee Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize
  • Finalist Emerging Photographer Fund, Burn Magazine

2015

  • Selected Best Photo Books 2015, Guatephoto – Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Selected Best Photo Books 2015, Encontros da Imagem – Braga, Portugal
  • Winner Best Book 2015 public vote, FotobookFestival – Kassel, Germany
  • Nominated Best Photobook of the Year, FotobookFestival – Kassel, Germany
  • Best Photobook of the year shortlist, PHotoEspana – Madrid, Spain
  • Best Photobook of the year shortlist, Athens Photo Festival – Athens, Greece

2014

  • Winner Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant "I'll Die For You"
  • Finalist Photocrati Fund
  • Winner "The Other Hundred", Entrepreneurs
  • Shortlist, Unseen Photo Fair Book Dummy Award for "In the Shadow of the Pyramids"

2013

  • Finalist PHE Ojodepez Award for Human Values
  • Winner Cortona on the Move OFF CIRCUIT, "In the Shadow of the Pyramids: EGYPT"
  • HM Fotovisura Grant, "In the Shadow of the Pyramids: EGYPT"

2012

  • Selected FOAM Magazine TALENT
  • 4th Place Photocrati Fund, "In the Shadow of the Pyramids: EGYPT"
  • Finalist Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography Grant, "In the Shadow of the Pyramids: EGYPT"
  • HM SocialDocumentary.net The Art of Documentary, "I'll Die For You: suicide in rural india"
  • Top Finalist Foto Visura Grant, "I'll Die For You: scuicide in rural india"

2011

  • HM Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, "In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt"
  • Finalist Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre
  • Finalist, Ian Parry Scholarship
  • Finalist, BURN magazine Emerging Photographer Fund (EPF), "In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt"

Photobooks

2015

In the Shadow of the Pyramids

2015

الشعب (The People)

2016

Post-Script

2017

Beyond Here Is Nothing