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 completed her degree in the US. Living between East and West for much of her life has been a source of both immense enlightenment and considerable anxiety — contemplating notions of home, identity, culture and ultimately, 'the self'. It is through the allure of photography as an artistic medium of limitless boundaries that she chooses to explore these themes. With her characteristically painterly and impressionistic eye on reality, Laura explores social and environmental issues pertaining to her background.
Laura's 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. Covering 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). It offers a first person perspective exploring memory and identity amid the country's political transformation and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016.