A newly-released documentary photo series has captured Japanese businessmen collapsed on the street, exhausted, and intoxicated following crippling work pressures.
Tokyo is notorious for its work culture, with employers renowned for pushing staff to commit up to 60 hours per week. As a consequence, many often turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism and a way to let off steam. The results feature in photographer Pawel Jaszczuk’s photo series, "High Fashion".
The images shine a light on the extremity of such ruthless occupational pressure, with adult men – in full work attire, no less – slumped in doorways, and on uncomfortable staircases. There’s something to be said about a man who is still wearing his suit and yet is so exhausted he takes refuge in a dirty alleyway.
Jaszczuk takes to the streets on his bicycle after midnight to capture the series. Speaking of his aim, he said he wanted to capture the culture of the city, but also the vulnerability of its inhabitants. The thought-provoking images raise many questions about the morality of men – many of whom presumably have a family waiting at home – working tirelessly to be able to afford to live, but still ending up sleeping on the streets.
All images Pawel Jaszczuk, and used with permission.