In Japanese culture, people share a strong respect for all occupations and the workers who fill them. So much so that they even have a unique term to describe a hard worker - "Hatarakimono". Tokyo-based French artist Frank Le Petit, who goes by the name K-Narf (Frank spelled backward), pays tribute to the people who made the Asian country one of the greatest in the world. He attempts to preserve the Japanese work ethic ideals in images before it vanishes in the modern world. Hatarakimono Project is an extraordinary tape-o-graphic documentary with portraits of workers in their actual uniforms on the streets of Tokyo, ranging from cooks to firemen.

The Hatarakimono Project began in 2016, and over the course of 14 months, the artist captured 102 everyday workers on the job. With the help of a custom-made traveling photo studio, K-Narf was able to organize 34 photo-shoots directly in the streets, right next to the models’ workplaces. Representatives of diverse jobs were asked to stop working for a few minutes and pose on a small stool in front of the portable background made of fabric.

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Pastry Shop Staff

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Ed Souza 2 months ago

she's a cutie

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“I started the Hatarakimono Project as part of my ongoing work to transform the “Super-ordinary” of my everyday life into an “Extra-ordinary visual archive” for the future. I always wanted to make a large-scale series of portraits, so I decided to create a photographic project about the people I come to see down the road of my Tokyo studio: the Japanese workers,“ – K-Narf shares in one of his Instagram posts.

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Jinrikisha Man

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Katreise Ruffin 2 months ago

a small, two-wheeled, cartlike passenger vehicle with a fold-down top, pulled by one person, formerly used widely in Japan and China.

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Each portrait was made as a triptych and manually processed as original tape-o-graph – a néo-vintage photographic method invented by the artist about 10 years ago, which makes each artwork one of a kind. Tape-o-graphy is a process of transferring a photograph from an ink-jet print onto clear adhesive tape. This unique style of the artist makes the finished portraits look as if the workers are small action figures in packages.

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birdhouse 2 months ago

I want to be a Pickles Master!!

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“I am not a photographer, I play pretend being one, it’s slightly different,” said the artist. “My work is not only limited to the image itself but also to re-invent completely photography and create my own photographic world halfway in between the imaginary and reality.”

Due to the experimental approach to photography, his work is directly associated to Bricolage Art movement which refers to art created with various unconventional, re-purposed and re-identified art materials and mixed media, basically anything on hand.

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A Fireman

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earringnut 2 months ago

Thank you sir for your service.

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K-Narf says, “we always see the beauty of what we lost when it’s too late”, so the tape-o-graphic portrait collection will be kept in museum storage for 23 years and is to be shown in 2042 in 5 very prestigious museums around the world that he had already selected and contacted, including International Center of Photography in New York and Art gallery of NSW in Sydney.

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Tokyo Tower Attendant

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Rainbow_Gal05 2 months ago

I love their clothes! it's so bright

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#6

An Udon Restaurant Owner Chef

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Amaranthim Talon 2 months ago

She is lovely

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A Bus Guide

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birdhouse 2 months ago

That is such a cute uniform.

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A Cook

A Cook

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

Don´t mess with a cook looking this fierce while holding a pan!

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#9

A Tofu Wholesaler

A Tofu Wholesaler

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Pretty Pangolin 2 months ago

Love the center picture - she's this close to cracking up.

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A Bartender

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

Glad to see Japanese bartenders looking quite stylish!

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A Train Station Conductor

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kathryn stretton 2 months ago

Trains always on time too.

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A Baker

A Baker

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

I´d like to know what sort of bread is that. Anyone? Thanks!

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A Paramedic

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Lizard Queen 2 months ago

Interesting that he's wearing a helmet.

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A Shoe Cobbler

A Shoe Cobbler

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ispeak catanese 2 months ago

Oh goodness, wish we had a good cobbler in my town.

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A Gardener

A Gardener

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Tillman Shiplett 2 months ago

What kind of gardener is he?!

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A Cast Iron Maker

A Cast Iron Maker

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Pretty Pangolin 2 months ago

What a great face!

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#17

A Soba Confectioner

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Diver Driver 2 months ago

YUM! With Miso!

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A Steeplejack

A Steeplejack

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earringnut 2 months ago

"I'm a steeple jack and I'm okay..."

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A Postman

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Hanike 2 months ago

Why this postman looks like he's gearing up to fight a legion of hellish dogs?! 😸

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An Airport Ground Handling Staff

An Airport Ground Handling Staff

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Ahnnah Newell 2 months ago

she looks like she is about to go for a swim and use those things to paddle with.

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A Cabin Attendant

A Cabin Attendant

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

Very elegant lady.

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A Guard Man

A Guard Man

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Teresa Wright 2 months ago

He carries a LIGHTSABER?? ;) :D

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A Market Security Guard

A Market Security Guard

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earringnut 2 months ago

That's a mall cop that means business.

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A Train Driver

A Train Driver

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Heidi Matsumoto 2 months ago

He does look like a patient man.

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#25

An Information Desk Lady

An Information Desk Lady

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Ahnnah Newell 2 months ago

looks very professional.

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A Poultry Cutter

A Poultry Cutter

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Karen Klinck 2 months ago

And clean as a whistle, too. I sometimes long for that kind of cleanliness. (Me,on the other hand, I'm messy.)

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A Petrol Station Staff

A Petrol Station Staff

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kathryn stretton 2 months ago

Notice how they all stand so straight? And proud? I know they are posing, but still.....

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A Gas Controler

A Gas Controler

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Molly Block 2 months ago

I need his services in the morning. My CPAP machine is blowing me up!

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A Cement Wall Maker

A Cement Wall Maker

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Karen Klinck 2 months ago

When I was out early in Kyoto, I met an old farm worker going through the castle square on his way to work. He stopped his bike to make care conversation in English, just so I'd feel comfortable in his country. He was dressed old-style, and he was simply a sweetie.

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A Road Worker

A Road Worker

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Molly Block 2 months ago

Seems like he should have on brighter colored clothes, not dark navy.

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