Johannes Frandsen – Orange Street
In Beijing, the capital of China, thousands of cleaning workers look after the megacity of over 21 million inhabitants. Each of the workers clean the same street seven days a week, twelve hours a day. Although expected to be as inconspicuous as possible, the cleaning workers are an inseparable part of the Beijing cityscape. They are seemingly everywhere and truly indispensable, yet nobody appears to care about their predicament, as if they are tools. With Johannes Frandsen’s direct and close portraits Orange Street presents the people in the working clothes, not only their well known orange outfits.
“In China, most of the people see 'cleaning worker' as a shameful profession fit only for the inept and talentless – a view that completely disregards how important such work is for the city. Chinese cities have almost no cleaning workers who are younger than 40 years. Most are upper middle aged or older men and women with a rural background, who continue in the line of work for twenty, thirty years. Because of the inadequacy they feel, they instinctively assume an air of humility and self-deprecation in public. Johannes never looks down on these workers. Under his lens, they are reduced to individuals, equal to one another.”
|Clothbound hardcover with tipped-in image
|English, Swedish, Chinese
|Signed by Johannes Frandsen