On 28 September, the awards ceremony for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will take place as part of the European Month of Photography in Berlin. For the first time, Leica will present all winning and shortlisted series in a major exhibition, displayed at the Neue Schule für Fotografie (New School for Photography) in Berlin for the duration of the festival from 29 September to 23 October 2016.
Until the winners of the main and newcomer award have been revealed, we will take a look at the twelve submissions that have made it onto the shortlist – presenting one series each day. Today: The North East Kingdom by Stéphane Lavoué.
The fact that the biggest surprises await you when you follow the path less known, was one that the French photographer (*1979) was able to confirm after discovering the North East Kingdom of Vermont. The outcome is a series that paints an impressive portrait of both the landscape and the people living there; because Lavoué was not only fascinated by the raw, elemental atmosphere, but even more by the idiosyncratic characters who live in the Kingdom: weird recluses and unconventional masters of the art of living, who have deliberately withdrawn to the seclusion of this remote part of the state.