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Laura El-Tantawy

Photographer & Self Publisher | My visual diary of spontaneous photographic encounters & reflections as I find my way home.

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Sun Rays & Rainbow Colors in my Frame - Skies Over London, UK 15/11/2018 #lastonebeforeigo #thingsiseefrommywindow at Heathrow Airport

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Autumnal Portrait ... A Bit of Warmth to Counter the Cold - London, UK 14/11/2018 #explorationoftheself at London, United Kingdom

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FROM MY ARCHIVE 🌟 Two Shadows & One Man, from “Strolling Senegambia”. This was my first series after resigning as a newspaper photographer. I often revisit these photos when I’m invited to speak about my journey with photography. I like to speak about my work in the context of beginnings and endings. Two defining points for pretty much everything. The beginning of a journey does not determine its ending. I learned this bit of goodness the hard way. It’s everything in between that maps the course of a destination. I think this pretty much applies to everything, too. Can you guess from this picture who one of my main photographic influences was at the time? I think it’s pretty obvious... #LauraElTantawyArchive #lookingback #sentimentalTuesday at Casamance

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Rain Constellations & Elusive Lakes ... An Imaginary Landscape - Preston, UK 7/11/2018 Inspired after an afternoon spent talking photography with students at The University of Central Lancashire. Thank you for having me today. Always such a pleasure. Imagination makes the impossible possible ❤️ at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

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Run Away Train Charging Through the Rain - Somewhere Between London & Lancashire, UK 7/11/2018 🌧 at Warmingham

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A Bit of Color on a Gray Day - London, UK 1/11/2018 ☔️ at Notting Hill

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FROM MY ARCHIVE 🌟 The People • الشعب, Collector’s Edition | A treasured collaboration with my mother @nadiaelhusseiny | Limited edition handmade jute bag printed by my mother. Each bag uniquely designed with stencils inspired by photos from “In the Shadow of the Pyramids”, includes signed & numbered 100% cotton-based archival print, signed Certificate of Authenticity, signed & numbered copy of The People - 42x29cm newsprint with two inserts. Presented inside custom made red & black cardboard box | Self published in 2015 in edition of 102 | Photography & Interviews: Laura El-Tantawy | Handmade Jute bag & English-Arabic Translations: Nadia El-Husseiny | Newspaper Design: -SYB- | Lithography: Colour & Books | ISBN: 978-0-9932876-0-2 The People • الشعب chronicles how citizens in the Arab world’s most populous nation fought for social and economic change in the face of a brutal political regime that wanted to maintain the status quo. Following El-Tantawy’s “In the Shadow of the Pyramids” (self published 2015) - a first person account exploring memory and identity through the author’s experience before and during the country’s turbulent political struggle, الشعب takes a step back from the personal narrative. Published in a newspaper format and narrated by “the people”, this publication aims to preserve and celebrate the vanishing memory of one of the most historically relevant chapters in modern day Egypt. #ALaborofLove #LauraElTantawyArchive #lookingback #sentimentalTuesday #bookart #selfpublishing at Cairo, Egypt

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Line in the Sky ... A Sunset Trio - London, UK 24/10/2018 #thingsiseefrommywindow #paintingwithclouds at London, United Kingdom

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Selfie Glow With Dusk - London, UK 19/10/2018 #explorationoftheself at London, United Kingdom

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FROM MY ARCHIVE 🌟 Inside Looking Out, early work from my days as a newspaper photographer. I made this photograph one afternoon while looking for a “feature” image - newspaper lingo for a non-news oriented photo. These were my favorite photographs to find. Each photo presented an opportunity to tell a unique story of my choosing - a break from daily assignments that weren’t of my choosing. I made this photograph before I heard the story. This young boy lived in Arcadia, Florida with his family. He did not go out much and spent most of the day looking outside the window. I have plenty of fond memories working as a newspaper photographer. I began my journey with photography in the United States in 2002. After receiving a dual degree in Journalism and Political Science with the intention of becoming a writer, I worked for four years as a newspaper photographer. Newspapers infused me with a sense of professional responsibility, discipline, team work, determination and visual adaptability. They heightened my sense of empathy, tolerance and sensitivity. I was an active and influential member of a diverse community. I photographed people on the fringes of society, rich businessmen, a couple with the largest stamp collection in Florida and high school football matches and prom nights. My most challenging assignment was photographing a mother mourning the death of her son in the immediate aftermath of a highway crash. I didn’t want to take that picture and questioned my role as a photographer. My most educational and humbling assignment was a six-months investigative report on obesity. Together with two reporters, I followed the lives of people undergoing weight reduction surgery. I learnt of how they felt trapped in their bodies – bullied, ostracized and ridiculed by society. #LauraElTantawyArchive #lookingback #sentimentalTuesday at Arcadia, Florida

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Illuminated ... The Sea Yesterday - Hastings, UK 14/10/2018 at Hastings, East Sussex

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Morning View ... Soothing for the Soul - St Leonard’s, UK 13/10/2018 #goodmorning 🌊 ☀️ at Saint Leonards, East Sussex, United Kingdom

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Simple Sunset .... End of a Glorious Day - London, UK 10/10/2018 #thingsiseefrommywindow 🌅

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FROM MY ARCHIVE 🌟 A Weekend in Paris, outtake from a marvelous commission from @newyorkermag last year to create an image for a fiction story by Camille Bordas titled "Most Die Young". #LauraElTantawyArchive #lookingback #sentimentalTuesday at Paris, France

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Catching Falling Petals - Brussels, Belgium 6/10/2018 🧚🏼‍♀️🥀🧚🏼‍♀️ at Brussels, Belgium

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Silhouette in Red & Yellow ... Egyptian band @massar.egbari (Compulsory Detour) - London, UK 28/9/2018 #massaregbari #proudegyptian #live 🇪🇬 at The Garage

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Crowd Showered in Red ... Something from Yesterday - London, UK 27/9/2018 #rodriguez #sugarman #searchingforsugarman at Royal Albert Hall

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FROM MY ARCHIVE 🌟 Dancers at Golden Hour, from “Smile Me Hello” a series looking at traditional festivals in Thailand. #LauraElTantawyArchive #lookingback #sentimentalTuesday at Sukhothai, Sukhothai, Thailand

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