In partnership with Magnum Photos, the global non-profit Textile Exchange called on photographers to rebuild the visual narrative between textile production and people, place, culture, and nature.
The theme of the call, Materials Matter, invited entrants to trace everyday textiles back to their roots, reframing their significance in our lives.
We partnered with photographers interested in exploring the way we interact with materials, how they make us feel, and how they touch the hands and lands that help to make them.
By placing these themes at the center of the story, the initiative aimed to reframe the way we relate to their environmental and social impacts. It is about altering our attitude towards these everyday items, all while providing a springboard for emerging talent to embrace visual storytelling the Magnum way.
The winner, Anass Ouaziz, will receive a commission to the value of £8,000 for Textile Exchange to document the stories behind some of its members as well as a mentorship with Magnum Photographers Enri Canaj and Myriam Boulos.
The two runners up, Cecilie Nicoline Rasmussen and Yichen Zhou, will receive a commission to the value of £4,000 for Textile Exchange and coaching sessions also from Enri Canaj amd Myriam Boulos & Magnum Photos Education team.
The winning entries will also be showcased in an original exhibition at the Textile Exchange Conference. Held annually, the event brings over 800 brands, retailers, and suppliers together to ensure that fashion and textiles are produced in a way that supports our planet, its ecosystems, its landscapes, and its communities.
About Textile Exchange
From cotton to polyester, wool, hemp, viscose, and more, most of the materials used in textiles today are linked to agriculture and oil. These are two of the biggest levers in the challenge to limit global warming and mitigate the most serious impacts of climate change.
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit focusing on how fibers are farmed, sourced, and extracted from the earth, plants, and animals. This is known as Tier 4 of the supply chain, and it accounts for 24% of the industry’s carbon footprint.
Its vision is a global fashion and textile industry that gives back more than it takes from our planet. This means positively impacting the lands and hands that uphold it, benefiting soil health, water, biodiversity, and communities.
To get there, the organization is guiding a growing community of over 800 brands, manufacturers, and farmers towards more purposeful production, right from the start of the supply chain. It creates a space to share knowledge and instill accountability by building a network of people linked through their purpose.