“Salt Pan #18, Lit­tle Rann of Kutch, Gu­jarat, In­dia, 2016”

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Four months of the year, the north­west part of the state of Gu­jarat is sub­merged in rain and sea wa­ter by the mon­soon. Dur­ing the dry sea­son, it’s a marsh oc­cu­pied by the Agariyas, a roam­ing com­mu­nity of 5,000 fam­i­lies who work in sti­fling heat to man­u­fac­ture three­quar­ters of In­dia’s salt. The air is filled with the roar and belch of diesel pumps as some 43,000 work­ers—mostly women—draw brine to the sur­face and di­rect it into clay beds formed by their feet, thumpthump-thump, to has­ten evap­o­ra­tion. It’s a tough life: salt work­ers are af­flicted with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and skin le­sions, and rarely live past 60.

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