Bruno Quinquet‘s ‘The Salaryman Project’ photo series is his attempt to look beyond the archetypal Japanese worker in Tokyo. Originally a recording engineer Quinquet decided, after 20 years, to thrown in the music towel and pick up a camera. After studying photography at the Tokyo Visual Arts Photography Department he began shooting on the streets, finding his way, looking for a way in, to break down our cliched images of working life in Japan.
This series was printed in the format of a business diary and was not to seen as merely a document in the social sense but rather a poetic and conceptual look at Tokyo workers through the seasons. Here’s what he says about the series:
The Salaryman Project is on a double mission. On one hand, it explores images of masculinity and normality in the world of Tokyo office workers. On the other hand, it is an observation of the sense of the season in the Japanese capital. The photographic style is an attempt to adapt in a creative way to the increasing constraints of portraits rights on candid street photography. As a result, mystery and poetry seem to blossom around the supposedly boring corporate world. The work comes as a weekly business schedule in several formats.
Over the last six years Quinquet has run the Bureau d’Etudes Japonaises through which he engages in photographic studies of the city of Tokyo. The office strives to archive all aspects of life in Japan and covers such subjects as urbanism, sociology and botany. It is a far cry from sweating in a recording studio and is a great example of what you can do, achieve, after emigrating to foreign lands travels,