This is the first in a series of videos. Click "playlist" to select a different part of the lecture.

Where did the cocoa in your chocolate bar come from? Who mined for the gold in your wedding band? What ocean did the fish on your plate come from?

These are all questions that Pulitzer Center photographers Dominic Bracco II, Nadia Shira Cohen, Peter DiCampo, Jason Motlagh and Larry Price sought to answer with their projects on various commodities from around the world.

In these videos, the photographers reflect on their reporting while discussing the challenges of telling the complex stories of the people behind the commodities.

The panel discussion titled The Story Behind the Story: Global Goods, Local Costs was a FotoWeek DC event sponsored by the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs and the Pulitzer Center in association with the GW Program Board.


Tiny children and teens toil in the gold mines of the Philippines and Indonesia. A risky, often deadly, business, child labor is growing as families rush to exploit the worldwide demand for gold.


February 19, 2014 /
Ben Depp, Nadja Drost
Cross continents with eleven of our grantee journalists as they take you into the mines to show you where we get our gold––exposing the hidden social and environmental costs of this business.
February 6, 2014 / Untold Stories
Ben Depp, Nadja Drost
On Feb. 14, the Pulitzer Center releases its newest e-book on the environmental and human prices of gold mining. Whether this resource is produced in a way that is fair to all is very much up to us.