Scarlett Coten is an independent French female photographer who dedicates herself essentially to personal, long term projects. Since the 2000s the Arab countries are at the heart of her photographic practice, which explores the themes of identity and intimacy. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, she traveled to Egypt to realize her series "Still alive", spending months through the Sinai desert with the Bedouins. This series was published by Actes sud in 2009. From 2012 to 2016, she has been working on her last series "Mectoub" in seven Arab countries from North Africa to the Middle East. It has already been exhibited internationally on a number of occasions and for this series she received the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016.