Hatarakimono is a term used in Japan for every hardworking person. In the country’s culture, Japanese people share a great respect for all workers and their occupations.
Tokyo-based artist Frank Le Petit, aka K-Narf, wanted to pay tribute to these people who made Japan as one of the most amazing countries in the world. His project called Hatarakimono aims to preserve the incredible work ethics of Japan before it disappears in the modern world.
He captures portraits of workers in their uniforms on the streets of Tokyo. The project started in 2016 and collected images of 102 workers on the job. The French artist used a custom-built travelling photo studio to organize 34-shoots directly in the streets, next to the subjects’ workplaces.
Various workers such as fireman, chef, attendant, bartender and train conductor, were asked to stop working for a couple of minutes to model on a small stool in front of the background of fabric.