After photographing social inequality in his native Slovenia and internationally, Jost Franko has concluded that “profit over people” is the ideology that propels some of the world’s most profitable businesses. With his latest project, “Cotton Black, Cotton Blue,” he examined a global industry that from plantation to factory can be merciless and grueling for its workforce, which can even include children.
“Cotton has a really dark history, which seems like it never stopped,” he said.
Teaming up with journalist and photographer Meta Krese, and supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Mr. Franko spent about a year researching the cotton trade before traveling the globe to examine the industry’s various facets. What emerged,…