French photographer Scarlett Coten was honoured with the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016 for her series of photos entitled ‘Mectoub’. The winner of the Newcomer Award is photographer Clémentine Schneidermann with the photos of her project ‘The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest’.
The winner in the category ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ is Scarlett Coten who entered an impressive series of images with the title ‘Mectoub’. In her series, the French photographer shines a revealing light on the supposedly archetypal machismo of men in the Arab world. Her portraits draw the eye to the dichotomy between social conformity and personal desires. Scarlett Coten’s fascination for the various aspects of changing society in North Africa and the Middle East began in the days of the Arab Spring. Her images reflect a woman’s eye for composition that enabled her to capture extremely intimate portraits of the men she portrayed with her camera. With ‘Mectoub’, a play on words combining the Arab ‘maktub’, that stands for the inevitable in the sense of ‘It is written …’, and the French ‘mec’ a friendly slang expression for macho, Coten manages to take a subtle look beneath the veneer of traditional male roles of the Arab world. The winner of the main category of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award receives a cash prize of 25,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment to the value of a further 10,000 euros.
The ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2016’ goes to photographer Clémentine Schneidermann for her series with the title ‘The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest’. About a year ago, the Parisian-born photographer moved to the town of Abertillery in South Wales. She had already completed her studies in Newport and, in the course of a sojourn as photographer in residence, she began to document the way of life in the region. Although embedded in beautiful countryside, the region is burdened with immense economic and social problems. After the collieries were closed, the communities of the ‘Valleys’ of South Wales’ slid into a post-industrial crisis. Her project, ‘The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest’, combines the genres of documentary, portrait and fashion photography in extremely unusual ways. As the winner of the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’ Clémentine Schneidermann receives a cash prize of 10,000 euros and a Leica rangefinder camera.
2016 is the first time that a further ten finalists have each been awarded cash prizes of 2,500 euros: Sadegh Souri, Stéphane Lavoué, William Daniels, Giulio Piscitelli, Vincent Delbrouck, Fulvio Bugani, Esther Teichmann, Guillaume Herbaut and Juan Pablo Bellandi.
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Leica Oskar Barnack Award – Winners and Finalists
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