Yahia in Tunis, Tunisia – Scarlett Coten's series, "Mectoub," is a collection of portraits about masculinity in North Africa and the Middle East.
Khalid in Amman, Jordan – "Mectoub" is a play on words combining the colloquial French word "mec" for "guy", with the Arabic 'maktub', which means "it is written".
Yassine in Fez, Morocco – French photographer Coten worked on "Mectoub" from 2012 to 2016, while traveling around Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon.
Hicham in Tangier, Morocco – Coten won the 2016 Leica Oskar Barnack Award and has exhibited in many countries around the world.
Abdel in Marrakech, Morocco – Coten says being an outsider helped her subjects open up and confide in her.
Hamedo in Ramallah, West Bank – "In a face-to-face meeting we are vulnerable because we reveal ourselves. And this unveiling gives birth to something that is more sensitive," Coten says.
Hamada in Amman, Jordan – "I really position myself as a woman who looks at these men," she says. "To look someone in the eyes puts us in a situation of vulnerability, and therefore to be closer to who we truly are."
Artsy in Marrakech, Morocco – Often the men were not used to having their photographs taken, explains Coten, and it took a while before they began to relax.
Mohammad in Amman, Jordan – She explains how "Mectoub" was partly born from a desire to better understand masculinity and to show a new image of the Arab man.
Aref in Tunis, Tunisia – "I think that the concept of masculinity is something that is evolving today around the world," she says.
Hazem in Cairo, Egypt – "Mectoub" exhibited at The Biennial of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World, at the Arab World Institute, Paris in November this year.