Zen Foto Gallery, 2018 | First edition, 600 copies
Softcover, 120 pages, 235 x 310 mm
Condition: As New
High Fashion is a series of work taken by Pawel Jaszczuk between 2008 and 2010 of drunk and exhausted salarymen sleeping in the streets of Tokyo. The word salaryman originated in Japan in the 1930’s and is a term used to describe the male Japanese white collar workers who dedicate, and indeed sacrifice their lives for both their careers, and the companies that they work for. The occupational stress and demand from their employers is renowned for being unrelenting, and it is not unusual for these men to work up to sixty hours per week. Returning home at obscene hours of the night, they become strangers to their own wives and children. As a result, when the weekend arrives, these men relax and let off steam in quite spectacular fashion in the bars and clubs around the country’s cities. High Fashion is much more than what meets the eye. It reveals, once past the initial humour, the sadness of an overworked and overstressed society.