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Sean Gallagher  Photographer & Filmmaker documenting critical global environmental issues. National Geographic Creative & Pulitzer Center. Founder @everydayextinction

A worker walks through the 'chromium fields' of Kanpur, an area that is used to dump tannery waste on the outskirts of the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

A man stands next to a channel that transports untreated watewater from nearby tanneries into local sewers in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

Two workers clean pieces of leather in a small factory in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

A dog walks across a small water channel that feeds into the Ganges River in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

A child labourer cuts and organises tanned hides outside a the leather factory in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

Smoke mirrors wires above a small factory in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

A worker handles a piece of leather in a small factory in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

A tannery worker reveals his neck to show his skin condition, in the town of Kanpur. He is one of many locals who suffer from serious skin conditions, such as suspected chemically-enduced vitiligo, believed to have been brought about by having regular contact with toxic waste water from local tanneries which are pumped into the local water supply. ••• Kanpur is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

Untreated wastewater from nearby leather tanneries passes along a drainage channel. As the highly acidic water passes by vegetation it burns it black. The untreated water is ultimately channeled onto local farmland and into the Ganges River. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

A child stands barefoot near a water channel outside a leather tannery. Infomal and unregulated small tanneries are found throughout the Jajmau area of the city. Many of the tanneries release untreated watewater into the local sewer system. ••• Kanpur is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

A man stands next to a collection of leather whips, drying in the sun. They are to be exported to the United States. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

Workers in a factory making leather shoes in the city of Kanpur, India. ••• The city is home to more than 300 tanneries, which treat various animals hides and skins, manufacturing them into a wide array of leather products including shoes, clothes, belts and bags. ••• As a result of this largely informal and little regulated industry, an ecological and health crisis has slowly developed as pollution is widespread, now engulfing a city that has gained notoriety as being one of the most polluted in India. ••• More than 90 percent of the city's products are destined for markets in Europe and the United States. ••• #asia #india #kanpur #leather #fashion #pollution @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative

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