Robin Takami is a Japanese-American photographer and writer based in New York City, and a 2020 graduate of the Photography and Imaging BFA program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. A native of Seattle, Washington, he learned to make photographs while exploring his natural surroundings. His work engages documentary and editorial photography and frequently incorporates themes of the natural and ephemeral.
Despite the deeply individualistic values of American culture, many workers—even those crucial to our collective social and economic development—can become invisible in the structure and scale of bureaucracy. The massive systems composing our social and material infrastructures have a tendency to mask the labor of the individuals supporting them. Who is teaching our children, or delivering our mail? As an act of recognition and celebration, this project uses environmental portraiture to visualize the people whose livelihoods serve their community.