One to watch.

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Hilina Abebe is a self-taught documentary photographer who was influenced by her father’s black and white family photographs he made with his Lubitel 2 back in the 60’s and 70’s. Hilina is drawn to documenting social issues which allowed her to become more conscious of her environment.

Hilina is an Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX alum. In 2016, she was selected for the World Press Photo East Africa Masterclass and for the New York Times Portfolio Review. She is also a nominee for the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass. Her work has been exhibited at Photoville, Dak’Art Biennale, as well as in Addis Ababa’s Addis PhotoFest.

She is part of Women Photograph, an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of female visual journalists.

Hilina recently partnered with us to shoot behind the scenes for our new Stash collection in collaboration with the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s motto is NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK and their task is to promote sustainable business over aid dependency. The Initiative enables marginalized artisans to increase their skills, to enter the international fashion chain in a fair way and to produce directly for brands that distribute products worldwide.

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