Laura El-Tantawy talks to GPP about her show, The Veil that was exhibited at the Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) gallery in January 2013 in collaboration with photo agency VII.
The Veil represents El-Tantawy's exploration into this symbol, aiming to capture images that represent it as she remembers from her childhood; something soft, beautiful and completely feminine. Through The Veil, Laura wants to show that the practice of covering a woman’s hair, and sometimes face, is not restricted only to followers of Islam - from India to the Middle East women have traditionally adorned some form of head cover as a public display of modesty. Also female followers of other faiths have traditionally covered their hair as part of their religious practice, such as with Catholic nuns. The veil can bring women and cultures together – it doesn’t have to divide them.
About Laura El-Tantawy
Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer living between Cairo and London represented by VII Photo Agency as a talented emerging photojournalist. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents and grew up between Saudi Arabia & Egypt. El-Tantawy started her career as a newspaper photographer later moving on to freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects, which include photo stories focusing on Egyptian identity, on suicide in rural India, and public life in London.