Crowd from above, 08 February, 2011. Anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir (liberation) Square around the early morning hours and engage in political debates about the future of the country. Image © Laura El-Tantawy.
04 Nov 2011
Spotlight on crowdfunding: In the shadow of the pyramids
Laura El-Tantawy has been working, for the past five years, on a long-term project about her homeland: Egypt. Now, as the country is undergoing massive political and social changes, she's appealing for help to continue her work
"I am 30 years old and Mubarak was the only president I ever knew," says Laura El-Tantawy, an Egyptian photographer who, despite living in both Britain and the US for the past five years, has been working on a long-term personal project about her homeland. "You start to think of him as less of a political leader and more as a family member, in a very twisted way."
In February, she spent 11 days in and around Tahrir Square, photographing the demonstrators, like many other photographers, but also the unique spirit that echoed across the country. "This is the story of my generation of young Egyptians who have felt like foreigners in our own land," she wrote in Burn Magazine.
Now, the young photographer wants to go back to document a new chapter in Egypt's story - a post-Mubarak Egypt. "In December 2011, I will start a round-trip across the country in search of its new identity. From the capital to the coast and the rural villages to the touristic hubs, I will go to understand what this new Egypt is like."
She is turning to Emphas.is, the crowdfunding platform for photojournalists, to help fund this new chapter. Find out more on the Emphas.is website.
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- Laura El-Tantawy has been working, for the past five years, on a long-term project about her homeland: Egypt. Now, as the country is undergoing massive political and social changes, she's appealing for help to continue her work
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