SALARYMAN

Shinjuku Station, it’s half past five in the morning and it’s dawn in Tokyo. Millions of people walk steadily without bumping into anyone with a single goal: to get into the corresponding train car so as not to be late for the office.

One of the main protagonists of this daily picture are the Japanese salaryman, executives (a masculine term only, since in Japan women are called Office Ladies) of a company, generally considered low-ranking.

In the 1980s, the salaryman’s life was a good aspiration for the country’s young people, as in other parts of the world it could be to become a civil servant: a stable job after finishing university, usually for life, in exchange for a dedication without limits to the company and a good relationship with your professional contacts for leisure moments.

However, everything changed as a result of the bursting of the real estate and financial bubble in the early 1990s. The crisis brought consequences such as the wage freeze or the end of stable and lasting employment. Japanese society began to get used to dealing with new terms such as work pressure, stress, worries or nervous breakdowns from overwork. To all this, there were frequent problems such as alcoholism, exhaustion, or the lonely life of these workers who spent their days between work, izakayas (typical Japanese taverns) or some hidden brothel in the city. A situation that in some cases ended up leading to what is known as karoshi, the death of employees due to overwork. In 2015, for example, more than 900 cases of karoshi were recorded in Japan.

In recent years, due to the increase in Karoshi cases, this “overwork” has become a global problem in Japan. Today, the Japanese working class continues to fight for their rights and the government is in the midst of reviewing current labor laws. Greater time flexibility, aid for families in need of work travel or the control of overtime at work are some of the measures that are being taken to end this social scourge.

Changes in the Japanese labor system happen very slowly and as long as these measures do not begin to take effect, the salaryman will continue to get up at five in the morning, he will continue working an average of eleven hours a day, with his overtime included and when his shift is over He will attend the izakaya with his colleagues in search of alcohol and leisure. After all this and only if he has a free space, he will come home and will be able to see his wife and his children for the first time.

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NANDO

He liked being called Nando… Dad was very happy in the 90s and I think almost all the heads of small and medium-sized companies in Spain were. Maybe it was not his fault, maybe it was the pace of the economy or simply the excess of confidence that caused everything to seem beautiful economically speaking.

My father’s company was an important and recognized factory in the world of construction nationwide. Their income, their workers on the payroll… This was certified. I was little, I saw my father happy and with a spectacular vitality.

In 2015 there was only a vague memory and some photo album that confirmed what I say. The company lost its workers and the income was no longer the same.

At the age of 63, my father left the car, the company dinners and his boss’s schedule, to take the van, the frozen bread and the endless working days…

Despite this, my father liked that they kept calling him… Nando.

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CITY POINT

Alice had come to buy some pills for her back pain from one of the pharmacies in the Shoreditch neighborhood in London, Patrick had had breakfast near Trocadero in Paris and was walking to work, Mesut and Murat had just unloaded fruit at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and they walked home to eat …

The people I photograph tell me their stories … They are street stories, streets that make up my own city, a city that is not uniform and that at the same time makes it unique …

Each photograph is taken at a specific point and each point has its assigned coordinate… These are the coordinates that draw my own city…

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MARROC: THE LINE

Morocco constantly lives on an imaginary line…

Since the reign of Mohamed VI began in 1999, the country has not recorded a single year with negative growth rates. Neither the international crisis of 008-2009 nor the Arab Spring have managed to slow down its economic dynamism.

But its consolidated economic growth (together with Colombia and Peru are the emerging countries that have grown the most in recent years) is not enough to alleviate the incredible deficiencies registered in other areas, such as culture or the social sphere.

In addition to the constant problems in the Rif region or the eternal conflict in Western Sahara with its continuous human rights violations, there are also problems such as migratory crises, the violation of women’s rights or the constant state conflicts on related issues. to freedom of expression and the press.

There is no doubt that, with the 2011 tweaks to the Constitution, they made the Alawite monarchy one of the most liberal in the Arab world. But with the passage of time, the Moroccan people have realized that much remains to be done and it seems that the student revolution of 20-F has come to nothing. The promises of Mohamed VI have vanished and people seem to resign themselves to a status that does not advance and seems more and more stagnant.

Project selected in Discoveries Photoespaña 2016

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PANDEMIC

Loneliness and the abandoned of the oldest people are becoming in an endemic disease of terrible consequences in the Spanish society.

After more than one year of world pandemic, it is confirmed that the Covid-19 crisis has not affected equally to the people. The elderly have become the particularly vulnerable group towards the disease and to all its consequences. To this group, the disease presents its worst prognosis because of comorbidity, geriatric syndromes and frailty associated with aging, the pandemic having been defined as a geriatric emergency.

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#CovidPhotostories

After 60 days since Pedro Sánchez decreed the state of alarm, Spanish society begins to suffer the first consequences of the confinement.

The COVID-19 pandemic will leave hard consequences, especially in the economic area. However, is the same thing that in all crises in the history, there are a lot of areas that will benefit greatly from this plague.

Since the confinement began, I have tried to find out the acts of the population before
this extreme situation. I have been able to speak with businessmen, volunteers, doctors … in order to create a single message about the Coronavirus crisis: COVID PHOTO STORIES.

The virus has made us change as a society. We are facing a new reality and although it is difficult for us to assimilate it, it seems that our lives will never be the same again. #CovidPhotoStories

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SOMOS

“SOMOS” is you, me, he, she … WE ARE us, seen in the reflection of the relentless mirror of the time that is to come».
Every face, every facial oval, every look, every gesture emerges from Borja Abargues’ portraits to assert as a complaint that must penetrate in our eyes.

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THE FISHERS OF ADA-FOAH

“My son is young and definitely he can work with us at night and the following day go to school. In our family money has always been needed. I started fishing when I was 10 and nothing has ever happened to me”. Said Peter, captain of the boat BELIEVE, father of Kessah Amevor of 11-year-old and resident in Ada region (Ghana).
Five-thirty in the morning, Kessah’s mother waits for her son on the shore of Maranatha Beach. Kessah has been working all night. Next to him the metal basket to store the fish that she can buy today. Once the BELIEVE docking work is completed, the bidding of the fish begins on the beach. Kessah himself is filling his mother’s basket with the fish of the day (value of the basket= 2€). Immediately, mother and son collect their goods and go straight home. The School classes start at eight o’clock and the boy needs the school uniform. On the other hand, the mother starts a new day in the fish market.
UNICEF estimates that about 150 million children between the ages of 5 and 14, or almost 1 in 6 children in this age group, are victim of child labour. On the coast of Ghana, these numbers are visible: It’s estimated that 50,000 children work in fishing boats on Volta Lake.

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SHATILA’S GREY FUTURE

Forge a future with a present with a full of doubts, needs and false hopes. The difficult role of young refugees in Shatila.

An estimated of twenty-eight thousand Syrian and Palestinian refugees lives under the crammed sky of Shatila (Beirut, Lebanon). Built in the middle of the twentieth century for the protection of Palestinians fleeing of the newly created state of Israel, it’s still welcoming victims of the conflicts in Syria and Palestine.

With a very poor educational conditions, 70% of the student’s absenteeism and a precarious teaching team, young refugees between 11 and 18 years of age, live in a limbo, waiting to create a future with an uncertain present.

With the constant hope of a better life, some of these teenagers take their first steps in the workplace of the family business. This is the case of Mustafa Teyson (13-year-old Syrian refugee who lost three of his brothers in the civil war and arrived in Shatila with his parents), who helps his family in the little shop of fabric. Other young people don’t have that opportunity and start to live as a beggar or belonging to a band of young rebels.

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