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Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2015


Documenta-Halle Kassel, Germany
June 3-4, 2015

 © Laura El-Tantawy

Fotobookfestival Kassel in collaboration with Emaho Magazine Delhi launch an intensive two day photobook-making workshop with celebrated photographer Laura El-Tantawy. Laura El-Tantawy will discuss with participants her long-term project »In the Shadow of the Pyramids«, a body of work spanning 2005-2014, which was released as a book under the same title on January 25, 2015. The workshop will be an indepth conversation about the process of making the photobook – from the field shooting, to editing through hundreds of images, to the concept and the final object. In the shadow of the Pyramids is El-Tantawy’s first book. The project stemmed out of her desire to connect to her home through exploring the landscape of her country and people in pictures. The work gained a sense of urgency with the 2011 Egyptian revolution and events that followed. The narrative changed dramatically and rapidly and El-Tantawy found herself making decisive decisions on the direction her work and ultimately the book would take.
This workshop will be a transparent conversation about her experience – failures and successes that led the way to the final object. Participants are expected to bring their own long-term projects to discuss during the workshop. It will take place on Wednesday 3 June and Thursday 4 June at the Documenta-Halle Kassel, Germany.


Class runs 9:30 am — 5 pm with one-hour lunch

June 3
  • meeting with participants
  • Laura El-Tantawy presents her work and background
  • Lunch
  • Laura El-Tantawy takes through the process of her book, from the first meetings she had with three main designers before deciding to work with SYB to the final outcome (this will include showing early dummy version of book and early PDF design samples)
June 4
  • Participants each introduce their work
  • Conversation about the role of the photobook and why a book and not something else
  • Lunch
  • Participants discuss book concepts for their own projects

The workshop is addressed to both students and professionals in the field of photography: Photographers, book designers, Photobook makers. Graduates, Journalism students, Art History, or Humanity students who want to specialize in the theory and practice Photobooks. The purpose of the workshop is to educate photographers about the possibility of disseminating and exhibiting their work through the physical medium of photobooks.
  • Minimum Seats required for each workshop: 8
  • Maximum seats for each workshop: 12
  • Tuition fee: 200 Euro
Please Note: Chosen participants are expected to bear their own travel. Please note that your final participation is subject to realization of fees and is non-refundable.


Send an email to Manik Katyal with »Two Day Photobook-Making Workshop with Celebrated Photojournalist Laura El-Tantawy« written in the subject line, and attach the following:
  • Upto 20 low-resolution JPEG photos. Bodies of work / projects are preferred.
    (Please note that each photo should be 800 pixels on the longer side saved in a zip folder. Maximum size of the zip folder should not be more than 5 MB.)
  • A brief description of your project (not more than 300 words)
  • A CV or a short biography


Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents & grew up between Cairo, Egypt, Saudi Arabia & 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.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen 

  Liebe Grüße
Thomas Wilden

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