Laura El-Tantawy

Photographer / Self-Publisher @

Laura El-Tantawy (b. 1980, UK/Egypt) In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer  in the USA. In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in various publications worldwide, including Time Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Burn Magazine and National Geographic. Her first book, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, was released on January 25, 2015. It offers a first person perspective exploring memory and identity amid the country’s political transformation.

In 2015 she self-published her photobook In the Shadow of the Pyramids (2015). In images that span from 2005 to 2014, this project depicts the atmosphere and rising tensions in Cairo in the events leading to and during the January revolution in Tahrir Square (2011-13). El-Tantawy grew up between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the US, with In the Shadow of the Pyramids she explores parallel narratives of her own family’s history with the search for identity of a troubled nation. She combines old family photographs and her own lyrical witness accounts with close up portraits of protestors and streets scenes that vividly express the violence and euphoria of the crowds. She has been recently nominated to the Deautche Norse Prize 2016 with this book.