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THE DRUNKEN SALARYMEN OF TOKYO

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'Dramatic poses, the contrast of their sharp suits against undignified situations.'

Between 2008-2010, photographer Pawel Jaszczuk would cycle around stations and bars in Tokyo, photographing the phenomenon of drunken “salarymen”.

In the deferential corporate culture of Japan, many workers are unable to turn down drinks when offered by higher-ups, this combined with long working hours and last trains leaving many stranded in the city, seeing exhausted, drunken men passed out and sleeping on the streets is not an uncommon phenomenon.

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What drew Jaszczuk to the subject initially were the dramatic poses of the men, the contrast of their sharp and often expensive suits against the undignified situations.


But over time, the meaning became clear;

"The pictures show people who are used, who are overworked, overstressed and exhausted. Do we really want to end up like this?" he told the Guardian.

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