2013 / 2014 / 2015
185 x 260mm
Published by Bureau d'Etudes Japonises
2012, 2013, 2014 respectively
On the 28th of October 2006, the unexpected presence of a fast-paced, suited office worker with briefcase was documented on a mountain trail in Kawaguchiko near Mount Fuji. Unaware that the not-so-distant Aokigahara forest was a destination of choice for people resigned to put an end to their problems and their lives, Bureau d'Etudes Japonaises welcomed this non-event as an invitation to investigate the poetical aspects of Tokyo’s ubiquitous corporate scene. The outcome of this research has been published into the pages of the "Salaryman Project Business Schedule", an illustrated Japanese professional agenda of our design. At the pace of one photo a week, the action – or lack of it – unfolds season after season into the spreads of the ephemeral publication, portaying Tokyo's salaryman as an elusive and solitary creature constantly escaping the gaze of the camera.
Salaryman Project / Bruno Quinquet
Since 2007, Bureau d'Etudes Japonaises is committed to maintaining high standards of subjectivity in visual studies. Our areas of interest cover, among others, urbanism, sociology and botany. We strive to make our ongoing archives available online and we produce other suitable material when necessary.
Bruno Quinquet, Founder and Director.