Japan’s Artisans Photographed by Roman Jehanno

09.04.2019

WordsSolenn Cordroc'h

©Roman Jehanno

French photographer Roman Jehanno is best known for his work on the Japanese ancestral heritage and artisanal traditions.

Having traveled the four corners of the globe for his photo series ‘Working People’, Jehanno arrived in Japan in order to photograph artisans in their workplace. With the ‘Working People in Japan’ chapter of his project, he sketches an intimate and human portrait of forgers, woodworkers, seamstresses and other artists and workers undertaking various projects across the Japanese archipelago.

The photographer always follows the same process, he begins by establishing a relationship with his subject, posing them questions about their life and their techniques, before capturing the moment with a portrait of the artisan at work. The project has no textual accompaniment. The object is not to translate their knowledge into readable texts, but to give visibility to those who are developing the heritage of their country and those who are too frequently overlooked in its history.

©Roman Jehanno

©Roman Jehanno

©Roman Jehanno

©Roman Jehanno

©Roman Jehanno