Dubai Photography. In The Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt. Photographs by Laura El-Tantawy. Opening night and book signing March 5. Exhibition runs from Mar 5 – Apr 4, 2015. Located in Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, D36, Al Quoz, Dubai.
Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) is pleased to present a series of photographs by Laura El-Tantawy, a British/Egyptian photographer living between Cairo and London. El-Tantawy began this series in 2005 when she was compelled to explore the essence of Egyptian identity in the hope of coming to terms with her own. Guided by childhood memories, her photographs are not meant to be objective observations of a nation, but rather personal reflections of Egypt through her own eyes.
In the Shadow of the Pyramids is a first person perspective exploring memory and identity. With images spanning 2005 to 2014, what began as a look in the mirror to understand the essence of Egyptian identity expanded into an exploration of the trials and tribulations of a turbulent nation. The result is dark, sentimental and passionate.
The work was released on January 25, 2015 as a book under the same title. Juxtaposing the innocence of the past with the obscurity of the present, the book is an experience, edited to look like a one night’s encounter. A peaceful and tranquil day suddenly turns violent and chaotic, it’s claustrophobic, until a new dawn rises and there is hope again.
El-Tantawy will be available for book singings on opening night.
A variety of photo books can be found celebrating the Ancient Egyptians and examining Egypt’s archaeological history, however few explore contemporary Egypt. “In the Shadow of the Pyramids” reflects on the emotions, dreams and realities shared by a community within the flux of reformation.
El-Tantawy will be leading a master class workshop running March 7 – 9 as part of the GPP2015 Dubai Photography Festival. El-Tantawy’s workshop will focus on mentoring photographers working on long-term personal photography projects. More information about the workshop can be found at www.gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2015.
About Laura El-Tantawy:
Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents & grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt & the US. In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & 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 & political science. Her work has appeared in various publications worldwide, including Time Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Burn Magazine and National Geographic.
Find interviews and work by El-Tantawy at www.lauraeltantawy.com
More about the book at www.intheshadowofthepyramids.com