About this series

When people are busy solving problems, making others' lives easier, or simply enjoying a well-deserved work break, they can be their true selves.

This series of photos documents the day-to-day work life of hospitality and service workers in New York, Moscow, and Istanbul.


Alexey Taktarov


Alexey is a hobbyist 35mm film photographer. While primarily occupied with web engineering and his own startups, he enjoys capturing the simple things that surround us with a film camera. Alexey has an inexplicable passion for things like public swimming pools, split-flap displays, Soviet-era devices and buildings, door signs, and slide projectors.