Leica oskar barnack award 2016: poor kids, strong guys

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".

Ten months of research in and around Blaenau Gwent. Most of the shoots were done in the communities of Coed Cae and Swffryd. There she cooperated with a youth club, among others, and staged her shots like fashion shoots. Schneidermann on her work: "The day of the shoot was stormy, rainy and extremely windy. It was probably the worst day imaginable for photographing children wearing delicate designer clothes. But the results were exactly the images I was hoping for: delicate, crazy and a bit dramatic."

As winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer Clementine Schneidermann received prize money of 10,000 euros and a.000 euros and a Mescher camera from Leica. For the first time, the ten other finalists have also each received prize money of 2.Get 500 euros. Esther Teichmann, a German, is one of them. Other participants include Juan Pablo Bellandi from Venezuela, Fulvio Bugani from Italy and Max Pinckers from Belgium.

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