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Laura El-Tantawy

Photographer, Book Author, Educator, Canon Ambassador

Luka Trajković, M.A.

Photographer, Cinematographer, Research associate at the Camera Department, FDU

Luka Klikovac, D.A.

Photographer, Artistic associate at the Photography Module, FPU

Luka Bešlagić, PhD

Art and Media Theorist, Writer, Associate Professor, FMK

Laura El-Tantawy is an award winning British/Egyptian documentary photographer, artful book maker & mentor. She is a Canon Ambassador, representing the global camera giant’s vision & passion for visual storytelling. Born in Ronskwood in Worcestershire, UK, 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. Her photography is recognised for its characteristically painterly & lyrical eye on reality. Laura started her career as a newspaper photographer in the United States. She turned freelance in 2005, moving to Cairo and starting what became her seminal body of work In the Shadow of the Pyramids. Laura is the first Egyptian to be awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund award, which she received for her long-term series I’ll Die For You. The award honours photographers whose work follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's humanistic photography & dedicated compassion. 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 past year. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam. In 2020, Laura joined Canon’s global Ambassador Programme. Joining a global roster of more than 100 visual professionals, she represents the future of visual storytelling, Canon's unique brand & “its silent heroes — the staff & visionary engineers who make my work possible” she said. Laura prides herself on her independent identity as a visual creative. Her goal as an artist is to produce socially engaged, unique and thought-provoking work. She often collaborates with like-minded individuals, institutions & organisations driven to inform responsibly, contribute positive change to the world & encourage stimulating thought & creativity.

Luka Trajković is a cinematographer and photographer, born in 1994. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Camera Department. During his studies, he was the director of photography in numerous short feature films, which were well received at international festivals and established a reputation on the local and regional scene for their recognizable artistic expression. He has won several awards for his work as a photographer and participated in a large number of group exhibitions and masterclass workshops. His first solo photography exhibition took place in December 2017. Besides nurturing and developing his impressive style in cinematography, Luka has a passion for visual narration, which keeps growing through collaboration with established authors across the industry. He is currently a research associate at the Camera Department of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. In addition to his committed work at FDU, he is actively present on the local and international film scene

Luka Klikovac was born in 1988 in Belgrade. He graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Photography Module, in 2012, and in 2017 earned the title of Doctor of Arts at the Applied Arts and Design Department. From 2014 to 2016, he was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, University of Kosovska Mitrovica, for the subjects of Photography and Development of the Medium of Photography. He is an artistic associate at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Photography Module (since 2016). His works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He won the Young Creative Chevrolet Award in 2010 and the First Prize for Photography at the 16th Biennial of Miniature Art in Gornji Milanovac.
In his artistic work, he is always focused on exploring photography as a technique and medium. He considers and uses photography as a visual technique combining narrative and artistic components. Part of his artistic research is dedicated to technological experimentation in the field of photographic medium, with an emphasis on alternative ways of obtaining a photographic image using atypical devices and techniques.

Luka Bešlagić, PhD (1985), art and media theorist and writer, is an associate professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade (FMK), and head of the Department of Media and Communications. His research is concerned with inter- and transdisciplinary theories of art, literature, and media, with special emphasis on experimental textual practices and experimental cinema. He is an author of articles and literary texts published in journals such as AM: Journal of Art and Media Studies, Philological Studies, ProFemina, Agon, Proletter, and theoretical/prose poly-genre text Dva govora romana (Utopia, Belgrade, 2012) as well. His theoretical study Teorije eksperimentalne tekstualne produkcije (FMK, Belgrade, 2017) has been awarded for contribution to the innovative practice in education. He is a member of The Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts in Serbia, as well as the International Association for Aesthetics.

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