We know that tanners get their daily dose of poison from the chemicals they use, but so do we. For the sake of making animal-skin more tender, more supple, we are all being fed chemicals by the environment. For the sake of making thousand-dollar European leather bags for one percent of the world’s population, the health of millions of people are being damaged. Poisonous chemicals are released into the air we breathe, into the rivers that are supposed to nourish our bodies, our lands, our agriculture.

The highest price is paid by the tannery workers. In exchange for a minimum wage that barely allows them to survive, they are investing their own skin, their health that no money can buy, and their souls. These photographs tell their story because they cannot tell it themselves. They do not have the time to spare from their relentless work. They do not even know that they have the right to tell it.