ISPA WINNERS 2022
FROM WASTE TO GOOD
In Tuscany (Italy) there is a large industrial area specializing in the textile sector, namely as the Prato district. Considered the world capital of recycled wool, Prato has artisan production skills in a context of circular economy that has 34.000 employees, 2.000 companies and produces 3 million meters of fabric per day. For decades companies have been collecting bales of used clothing (rags), of which 50% is destined for reuse, a part for recycling and 3% go in landfills. Rags are carefully selected by the shredders and later regenerated: washing, shredding, purification and drying result in a single color ﬁber, which is then spun to produce fine fabrics. Therefore waste becomes a high quality good and a symbol of sustainable industrial production. Prato is a concrete example of how tradition and innovation, manual and mechanical processes, man and technology can mix in a unique reality where work, territory, choices and solutions are based on environmental sustainability.
Born in Rome in 1997. In 2020, he graduated in Photography from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Rome. In 2022, he did a Master's in Contemporary Photojournalism at the Officine Fotografiche in Rome and was selected by the Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence for a workshop curated by Michele Borzoni. In July of the same year he was chosen by Leica Camera Italia for the “Roma Chilometro Zero” project.