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. Having lived between east and west for most of her life, this tension and multidimensionality inspires her work. She explores notions of home & belonging and is recognised for her uniquely lyrical eye on reality.
El-Tantawy is an internationally awarded and exhibited artist. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam.
El-Tantawy prides herself on her independent identity as a visual creative. Self publishing has become central to her practice. 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 three 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 “A Star in the Sea”, an artistic contemplation on embracing the unexpected.
Laura's goal as an artist is to produce socially engaged, unique and thought-provoking work. She often collaborates with like-minded individuals, institutions & organisations driven to inform responsibly, contribute positive change to the world & encourage stimulating thought & creativity.