Leica’s presentation of the winning series by Scarlett Coten and Clémentine Schneidermann emphasises the cultural aspect of photography. Following the awards ceremony and extensive exhibition in Berlin, Paris is set to be the second stop for the LOBA 2016 exhibition. The fact that both Coten (main award) and Schneidermann (newcomer award) are French citizens makes the location particularly fitting.
In her series Mectoub, French photographer Scarlett Coten investigates male stereotypes and gender roles in Arab cultures. Her portraits draw attention to the fractures between social conformity and individual desires. Coten employs her artistic freedom to create candid portraits from a female perspective, subtly questioning the traditional image of men in the Arab world at a time of profound social change.
In 2015, Clémentine Schneidermann moved to Abertillery in South Wales after graduating in Newport. Within the context of a residential programme, she began to focus more intensely on the living conditions in the South Wales Valleys. In her exploration of people’s everyday lives she placed particular attention on the children, who are especially affected by the region’s lack of prosperity. The resulting series The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest is an unusual stylistic blend of documentary, portrait and fashion photography.
For an extensive portfolio featuring the work of this year’s finalists and winners see LFI 8/2016, and of course the special LOBA edition of LFI.
In addition, this year marks the tenth anniversary of the partnership between Leica and Paris Photo. The programme also includes a book-signing with photographer Fred Mortagne on 12 November, starting at 15.00 at the Leica stand. Mortagne will present his book Attraper au vol (Catch in Flight) published by Um Yeah Press, featuring a selection of his skating photographs from 2000 to 2015.
Having developed the camera of the Huawei P9, Leica are also represented in the Huawei #OO Gallery. The exhibition aims to highlight the increasing relevance of Smartphone photography, even on the art market. Photographers Stéphane Lavoué and Hassan Hajjaj were commissioned by the Chinese manufacturer to create two series – Monochrome and Documenting Dream – to be displayed at the #OO Gallery.
For further details visit www.parisphoto.com.