The art of the salaryman in his natural habitat

Events - October 7th, 2013
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French photographer Bruno Quinquet is launching a book and exhibition that will display a familiar sight: Salaryman Project 2014 offers an interesting perspective into that world. 

The Tokyo-based photographer has been documenting daily life and culture in his host country since 2007, with his organization Bureau D’Etudes Japonaises. The website has grown into a set of archives covering urbanism, sociology and botany, amongst other subjects. In simpler terms, they study Tokyo through photography—and their latest venture is the Salaryman Project.

Salaryman Project 2014 will showcase captivating images of salarymen going through the daily grind, complete with the crowded commute, expeditious lunch breaks and isolation. Yet, it will also show surprising images with the workers out-of-context, which brings a playful note to that otherwise run-of-the-mill routine typically associated with salarymen.

The exhibition will coincide with the release of the “Salaryman Project business schedule 2014,” an ongoing photography work documenting the sense of the season in Tokyo’s corporate world. The work is published as an illustrated business agenda (in Japanese and English). This project highlights the increasingly paranoid relationship between snapshot photography and privacy in the public space.

Make sure you drop by venue Atsukobarouh, this newly opened art space that doubles as a bar—the admission fee includes a drink.

Salaryman Project 2014

More information: www.brunoquinquet.com

When: October 10–13

Where: Atsukobarouh (see map)

How much: ¥500 (includes one drink)


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Main image by Bruno Quinquet, print available for sale here.