Laura El-Tantawy was born in England to Egyptian parents and grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the US. In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer in the USA. In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects. Her work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in various publications worldwide, including Time Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Burn Magazine and National Geographic. Her first book, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, was released on January 25, 2015. It offers a first person perspective exploring memory and identity amid the country's political transformation.