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A Star in the Sea.
Photographs and text by Laura El-Tantawy. Custom hand-printed Batik fabrics by Nadia El-Husseiny & Laura El-Tantawy.
self-published, 2019. In English. 29 pp., 21 color illustrations, 4x4".

Publisher's Description

Edition of 150 SIGNED & NUMBERED copies, each in a unique, handmade, 100% Egyptian cotton Batik pouch.

Orders will be fulfilled in the order they are received.

A Star in the Sea is an overture for embracing the unexpected. The photographs, text, and title pertain to three independent, personal life events: A love story; my first and only trip to my place of birth in the UK & a vision on a beach in Italy. It is inspired by a desire to redefine my relationship with the ideals of success & happiness. In this context, A Star in the Sea is an opportunity to celebrate imperfection — an artistic gesture to have faith in the Universe.  

The book is conceived as an artistic object demanding intimacy — something you want to protect & treat with care. Each book comes in a custom handmade Batik pouch. A collectible edition of 26 Batik fabric bound box sets, each including a copy of the book & one of the original 26 polaroids from the series will subsequently be released in late June 2019. 

Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian documentary photographer, artful book maker & mentor. Born in Worcestershire, UK, she studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US & UK. Her work explores notions of home & belonging. It is recognised for its uniquely lyrical eye on reality.  

Her work has been awarded, exhibited & published internationally, including The New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam

Her self-published monographs have garnered multiple international accolades. In 2015 she released her first title, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, a first-person account exploring memory & identity. The publication was internationally hailed & earned the shortlist for the prestigious Deutsche Borrse Photography Foundation Prize – awarded annually to an artist of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution to photography in Europe. 


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