The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest

Clementine Schneidermann's photographs of Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent, have won her this year's Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award.

Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann

Schneidermann moved to the Welsh town, having completed her photographic studies at the University of South Wales, in Newport.

Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann

Her resulting project, The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest, features portraits of those growing up in an area with huge economic and social pressures, blending traditional documentary photography with a modern aesthetic drawn from the pages of fashion magazines and social media.

Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann
Image copyright Clementine Schneidermann

All photographs © Clementine Schneidermann: The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest - with thanks to Arts+Minds and stylist Charlotte James.

The main Leica Oskar Barnack Award went to Scarlett Coten for her pictures entitled Mectoub. You can see that work and other entries on the competition website.