A worker of the leather industry
Photo and caption by Gregor Fischer
A worker of the leather industry in Kanpur, India, removes hair and fat from water buffalo skins after tanning. For a wage of $2.50 he has to work 13h a day without protective clothing except of leaky rubber boots. His home is a small 15m² room where 7 people are living. Kanpur, "Leather City of the World", is the center of indian leather production and is home for over 400 tanneries. For cost reasons the leather is tanned with highly toxic, carcinogenic Chromium(VI) oxide. In conjunction with water it is corrosive and if swallowed it can cause kidney damage, infertility and genetic defects.
Location: Kanpur, Utar Pradesh, India