About Scarlett


Scarlett Coten dedicates herself essentially to personal long-term projects, mainly exploring the themes of identity, gender, and intimacy through photographic portraiture. Coten’s work has been widely exhibited and recognised with numerous awards, including the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2016 and the Photolucida Top 50 Critical Mass 2018.

In 2019, Plan américain has been shortlisted in the Sony World Photography Awards (Portraiture category), the PHmuseum Photography Grant, the Grand Prix ImageSingulières of documentary photography, and the Bourse du Musée Albert-Kahn.

Coten started her exploration of the complexities of contemporary masculinity in the Arab World (Mectoub 2012/2016) well before the resurgence of feminist activism sparks global conversations, and more recently, the age of Trump inspired her to continue the next chapter in the U.S. (Plan américain 2017/2019)

By inviting men to pose for her and by focusing on non-conformity and vulnerability, the photographer shakes up sexist and reductive gender stereotypes, removing any cliché or stigma of sensitivity, to reveal a broader, more inclusive concept of masculinity.

This body of work, which is empathetic, addressing themes of patriarchy, power, identity, race, sexuality, the unequal power relations between genders, and the female perception of men, considers the necessity of alternative viewpoints with the aim to reimagining gendered identity for today’s world, accompanied by a desire to subvert a desperately masculinised art history.


Still alive, Actes Sud Publisher, France – 2009

Upcoming: Mectoub and Plan américain, Franco American co-publishing – 2021

Anthologies and Exhibition catalogs

Patriarchy is burning, Gang of Witches editions, France – 2019

Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now, Thames and Hudson, London – 2017

Second Biennal of the Photographers from the Contemporary Arab World, Institut du Monde Arabe – 2017, Silvana Editoriale– 2017

Photographers Sketchbooks, Thames and Hudson, London – 2014

Caravane(s), L’erre de rien Editions, France – 2014

Mediterranean landscapes, Macrosonges Editions, France – 2013

La photographie entre histoire et poésie, Editions Mazzotta, Photographies de la collection Fnac – 2002

More info: www.scarlettcoten.com

Age 52
Nationality French
Born in Paris, France
Based in Paris, France
Languages spoken English, French, Spanish
Specialisations Portrait, Contemporary Issues, Documentary

Other Networks

Current Location: France



  • Shortlisted Sony World Photography Awards, Professional competition’s Portraiture category
  • Finalist Main prize PHmuseum Photography Grant
  • Finalist Bourse du Musée Albert-Kahn
  • Finalist Grand Prix ImageSingulières de la photographie documentaire
  • Selected "Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review"


  • Winner "TOP 50 Critical Mass"
  • Winner "Looking at You: Intimate Portraiture" PHOTO–EMPHASIS juried exhibition by Jess T Dugan
  • Winner "Chelsea International Photography Competition", Agora Gallery, New York
  • Selected "The New York Times Portfolio Review"


  • Shorlist "Felix Schoeller Photo Award" (Portrait Category)


  • Winner "Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016"
  • Finalist "Head On Portrait Prize"
  • Shorlist POPCAP’16


  • Finalist "Prix Mentor"
  • Shorlist "Felix Schoeller Photo Award" (Portrait Category)

  • Finalist "Barcelona International Photography Award"


  • Finalist "Festival International de Foto de Cabo Verde"
  • Honorable Mention "Moscow International Foto Awards"
  • Winner "Guernsey Photography Festival"


  • Top 20 Medium Format, Professional Photographer of the Year
  • International Photography Award, 4 Honorables Mentions


  • PX3-Altered Images, 4 Honorables Mentions


  • International Photography Award, 4 Honorables Mentions


  • Nominated Book Category, New York Photography Festival


  • Winner "Beijing Photo Award" (Portrait Category)




Still alive / Actes sud


Photographers Sketchboook / Thames and Hudson, London


Female Photographers Now / Thames and Hudson, London