Laura El-Tantawy, Outside My Window - Dubai, UAE 19/2/2014. Photo @laura_eltantawy / VII Photo Mentor for @foammagazine, #dubai #uae #middleeast #arabgulf #thingsisee #inspiration #foammagazine #foamtalent2014 @viiphoto, 2014, Archival Pigment Print, 9 x 9"

Outside My Window – Dubai, UAE 19/2/2014. Photo @laura_eltantawy / VII Photo Mentor for @foammagazine, #dubai #uae #middleeast #arabgulf #thingsisee #inspiration #foammagazine #foamtalent2014 @viiphoto, 2014, Archival Pigment Print, 9 x 9″

Laura El-Tantawy

My Instagram feed is a diary into my everyday encounters, my visual thoughts and reflections as I walk my way through daily experiences. Some are naturally more profound than others, but I have grown to believe all experiences in life are singularly special as well as universally shared. It is not what we experience that makes us special, but how we deal with them. From this revelation comes a sense of comfort that it is okay to share sad experiences as well as good ones. I don’t curate my images in any particular way because, rather I allow myself to react spontaneously. Spontaneity challenges and inspires me. The images before you are a window into my thoughts and dreams.

Laura El-Tantawy (Egypt / UK) is an Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents and grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States. 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.

El-Tantawy’s photographs have been exhibited in solo exhibitions internationally in the United Kingdom, India, United Arab Emirates and the United States, among others, and in group exhibitions at venues such as the Italian Institute for Culture (France), the Tache Gallery (Egypt), the North Wall Arts Center (United Kingdom) and Powerhouse Arena (NYC). Her work has been published and reviewed widely, appearing in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, the New Yorker and many others.

@laura_eltantawy