Barrel chests, burly arms, and chins made of granite -- there are many things that can be considered to call someone a ‘real man.’ But with the changing views of the world, is the concept and understanding of what a man should be like change too? This is what photographer Scarlett Coten confronted with her series Mectoub.
Mectoub revolves around the notions about gender and in this case, masculinity in its different and changing forms. Coten photographed different Arab men and shot them in a way that can be controversial and provocative for some. While they can be classified as portraits, they can’t be dismissed as just mere images. In fact, they tell a narrative that is often hushed and misunderstood by society up to this day.
Corten photographed her subjects in their natural state - liberated, fearless, and comfortable in their own skin and surroundings. They have given control of their selves to the photographer and that in turn sends a message out to the viewer.
Mectoub and Scarlett Corten are winners of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2016.
You can see more of Scarlett's work on her website.