'The Toxic Price of Leather' Studies the Cost of India's Leather Industry

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 23, 2014
References: pulitzercenter.org & featureshoot
"The Toxic Price of Leather' is a short film and photo series, captured by eminent photographer and videographer Sean Gallagher, that aims to capture and convey the brutal and devastating cost of leather production in India, and the leather industry at large. The photos and video capture the harmful effects of the leather industry on people and the environment.

Much of the content seen in 'The Toxic Price of Leather' was collected and captured in the northern city of Kanpur, located in the province of Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur is India's largest producer of leather, with 95% of leather produced there destined for Western markets.

Kanpur's leather industry suffers from a lack of regulation and an obsession with minimizing costs, resulting in 50 million liters of toxic waste gushing into the city from tanneries each day. This water flows back into the community, polluting farmland and spreading illness.