Laura El-Tantawy, In the shadow of the Pyramids, 2015

Cover back and front

Cover back and front


Laura El-Tantawy revisits her childhood and reexamines it in relation to the recent political changes in Egypt. The Egyptian photographer’s images span the years from 2005 to 2014, although one has the impression that the photographs stem from a single night’s encounter. Laura El-Tantawy’s colour palette is both gentle and vivid at the same time. The author chose Japanese folds (the pages remain uncut) for the contemporary photographs. The credits for each of those photographs are printed inside the uncut pages. The accompanying texts are printed on shorter, cut, single pages throughout the book. Laura El-Tantawy’s childhood photographs are printed on single pages. A wonderfully sequenced book, produced with careful attention to detail. It makes In the shadow of the pyramids a real photobook treasure. I certainly find myself drawn to it again and again.

In the Shadow of the Pyramids was a self-funded project, partly supported by BURN magazine and a crowd-funding campaign.

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Self-published in edition of 500 signed and numbered copies in January 2015

Hard cover

236 pages with Japanese folds including 7 smaller text pages & 18 pages as single sheets  

22.7 x 17.6cm




Merci Amélina