Beyond Here Is Nothing is a photographic meditation on the notion of home. To be home is to feel a strong connection to a land and a grounding to its roots. For much of my life home has been an abstract place far away from my reach. This body of work navigates the boundaries of being - exploring the unsettling feeling of rootlessness, the mental burden of loneliness and the constant search for belonging in unfamiliar places.
Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian documentary photographer, artful book maker & mentor. Born in Worcestershire, UK, she studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US & UK. Her work explores notions of home & belonging. It is recognised for its uniquely lyrical eye on reality.
Her work has been awarded, exhibited & published internationally, including New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam.
Her self-published monographs have garnered multiple international accolades. In 2015 she released her first title “In the Shadow of the Pyramids”, a first-person account exploring memory & identity. The publication was internationally hailed & earned the shortlist for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize – awarded annually to an artist of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution to photography in Europe.
She subsequently self-published two other titles: “The People” (2015), a newsprint celebrating the Egyptian Revolution of 2011; “Beyond Here Is Nothing” (2017), a meditation on home & belonging. She is currently working on her fourth monograph, “A Star in the Sea”, an artistic contemplation on embracing the unexpected.
Laura's goal as an artist is to produce unique and thought-provoking work. Her longform projects are self-driven. She often collaborates with like-minded individuals, institutions & organizations driven to inform responsibly, contribute positive change to the world & encourage stimulating thought & creativity.