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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Inside a tannery

Workers apply bleaching chemicals to leather pieces to soften them and then clean them inside a tannery in Jajmau, Kanpur. Kanpur is one of the most polluted cities in India and has been the hub for leather production since the British established tanneries in the 19th century. More than half of the tanneries in Kanpur are illegal and operate outside the pollution control regulations.

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Date Taken: 10.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Kanpur, India
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Harikrishna Katragadda