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Laura El-Tantawy is an award-winning Egyptian photographer. Born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents and growing up between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the US, her work explores memory and identity with a focus on social and environmental issues, particularly those pertaining to her own 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 so she could focus on pursuing 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 Researcher Fellowship at the University of Oxford (UK/2009).
Her first book, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, was self-published and released on Jan. 25, 2015 – the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. It has been named as one of the best photography books of 2015 by several international awards and book critics.
Her work has been recognized across international solo and group shows and awards, including: Tokyo International Photography Festival (Japan), Wellin Museum of Art (USA), Unseen Photo Fair (Netherlands), Third Floor Gallery (UK), Power House Arena (USA), Modem Museum (Hungary), Fotoleggendo (Italy), Chobi Mela VII (Bangladesh), Noorderlicht Photo Festival (Netherlands), Italian Institute for Culture (France), The North Wall (UK), Tache Gallery (Egypt), Zen Gallery (Thailand), Gulf Photo Plus Gallery (UAE), RPS Gallery (Japan), Unseen Photo Fair Book Dummy Award (Netherlands), Ojodepez Award for Human Values (Spain), Cortona on the Move (Italy), Foam Talent (Netherlands), Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, Prix Bayeux-Calvados (France), Ian Parry Scholarship (UK), BURN magazine EPF (USA), Review Santa Fe (USA).
BASED IN: London, UK
LANGUAGES: English and Arabic
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