When asked to contribute to an exhibition about chocolate, photographer James Mollison decided to “explore the disparity between the producer and consumer.” Chocolate is always a luxury, of course (and is often deliberately marketed this way), and the product, at its finest, can be exceptionally delicious and exceptionally expensive.

Mollison went to Côte d’Ivoire, the country responsible for producing the largest proportion of cacoa, to bring the contrast between the product and its producers to life. The men he photographed, he reports, earned less than $1 a day. Here are three of them.

Sorogo Hamidou:
Zongo Arouna:
Mohammad Ouedraogo:

Also from Mollison: Where Children Sleep and The Disciples, photographs of hard-core music fans.

As always, in gratitude for his work, I encourage you to visit his site.


Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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