In Conversation: Fatma Fahmy and Laura El-Tantawy

The Market Photo Workshop and the Daniele Tamagni Foundation present Fatma Fahmy, the inaugural recipient of the Daniele Tamagni Grant for 2019 in conversation with English/Egyptian photographer, Laura El-Tantawy.

Cairo native, Fatma Fahmy will speak to her experience of the year-long scholarship at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. She will speak to her development as a photographer as facilitated through the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme of the Market Photo Workshop and her experience of the city of Johannesburg, especially having to navigate it during a pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.  Fatma will also make a presentation on the work that she was able to produce during this period including her submission for the JUSTPHOTO Fellowship that she was awarded on her depiction of Covid19 within her surrounds.

The webinar will also include the presentation of the second edition of the grant for the academic year of 2022, with the Market Photo Workshop and the Daniele Tamagni Foundation being supported by Aida Muluneh of the Addis Foto Fest and Sara Sozzani Maino from Vogue Italia.



Date: 26 February 2021

Time: 16h00 – 17h00 Johannesburg/Cairo; 15h00 – 16h00 Paris; 14h00 – 15h00 London

Platforms: Zoom and Youtube (links will be shared closer to the date)

Moderator: Laura El-Tantawy


  • Market Photo Workshop – Khona Dlamini, Manager for Programmes and Projects
  • Daniele Tamagni Foundation – Giordano Tamagni
  • Laura El-Tantawy – Photographer
  • Fatma Fahmy – Photographer, recipient of 2019 Daniele Tamagny Grant and Market Photo Workshop alumnus
  • Addis Foto Fest – Aida Muluneh
  • Vogue Italia and Jury Member of the Daniele Tamagni Grant – Sara Sozzani Maino
  • Language: English with Arabic translations on request


About the Market Photo Workshop

As a school of photography, a gallery, and a project space, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalised parts of our society. Since it was founded in 1989 by world-renowned photographer David Goldblatt, the Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues and debates in photography and visual culture. Market Photo Workshop is the 2018 Principal Prince Claus Laureate


About the Daniele Tamagni Foundation

Created in 2011, the Daniele Tamagni Foundation’s mission is to encourage young photographers by providing fully paid tuition for the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at the Market Photo Workshop School in Johannesburg, South Africa. The grant also fully covers living expenses for the recipient for the year-long programme. The grant supports the curation of a new body of work, developed during the Scholarship and that is then presented for admission to the Festival Visa pour l’Image and Addis Foto Fest. Upon qualification during the Scholarship, the Recipient may travel to Perpignan to be introduced to international Photo Editors and, based on the quality of the portfolio, will have the opportunity to take part to dedicated programs and conferences.

The Grant is named for photographer, Daniele Tamagni (Italy, 1975-2017). Daniele was born in Milan and graduated in Art History. He elevated his passion for photography to a professional dimension in 2007, when he received the Canon Young Photographer Award, then followed by the ICP Infinity Award in 2010 and the World Press Photo Award in 2011. As the accolade of accomplishments and publications proves, despite a severe condition marking his last 4 years of life, Daniele became a leading photographer, harnessing his broad knowledge of art, his passion for style and fashion, his evident inspirational capacity to become a reference to generations of like-minded individuals all over the globe.


About Fatma Fahmy

Fatma Fahmy (b. 1991, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) is a documentary photographer, focusing on daily life, based in Cairo. She focuses her attention on capturing daily life in Arab countries, in particular, Egypt. Thorough her lens, Fatma wishes to amplify historical and environmental bonds of societies that have preserved traditional roots. This she does by use of ethnographic photography practices in the process of creating visual narratives; creating an image that mimics the memory of the place and its people.

She was nominated for the World Press Photo Joop Swart masterclass in 2018. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at the Cite International des Arts in Paris and the Photographic Angel Exhibition in the UK.

She was the recipient of the Daniele Tamagni Grant at the Market Photo Workshop which assisted her to complete the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme in 2020. She is also the inaugural recipient of the JUSTPHOTO Photography Mentorship for 2021.


About Laura El-Tantawy

Laura El-Tantawy is an award winning British/Egyptian documentary photographer, artful book maker & mentor. Born in the United Kingdom, Laura studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US & UK. Living between East and West for much of her life inspires her work, which contemplates notions of home & belonging through exploring social & environmental issues pertinent to her background.

Laura is the first Egyptian and Arab to be awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund award, which she received for her long-term series I’ll Die For You. In 2016, she was among the four artists nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, awarded annually to a photographer who made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe during the previous year. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam.

Since 2020, Laura has been a Canon Ambassador, representing the global camera giant’s vision & passion for visual storytelling