French photographer Scarlett Coten is being honored for her series of images Mectoub honored with the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards 2016. The winner of the young talent award is photographer Clementine Schneidermann with the photo project The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest. Scarlett Coten’s image series sheds light on images of roles and masculinity in the Arab world. Her portraits are intended above all to "draw attention to the ruptures between social conformity and individual longing".
Portraits of Arab Mackers
For four years, Coten traveled from North Africa to the Middle East and photographed numerous men there. Mectoub is a play on words from the Arabic "maktub", which means "it is written" and the French "le mec". A "mec" is in the vernacular a "Macker". Coten repeatedly succeeds in questioning the traditional image of men in the Arab world when she depicts "the guys" in women’s shoes or with long hair, for example. For her unusual series, Coten has 25.000 euros and a Leica M system worth 10.Receive 000 euros.
Tristesse in Wales
Much darker are the photographs of Clementine Schneidermann, who won this year’s Young Talent Award for her series The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest received. The pictures were taken in Sudwales, a region struggling with economic and social problems after the end of the coal mining industry. But the photos don’t just show the typical effects such as alcoholism, drugs and poverty. Instead, Schneidermann wanted to break down the "break down the barrier between the insider’s and the outsider’s view".