With his Underground Landscapes project, the German photographer Timo Stammberger decided to document the subway tunnels around the world, leading us into the underworld of the great cities, from New York to Lisbon through Berlin, Stockholm, Budapest or Philadelphia. A fascinating series!
When I was a kid, I remember my grandfather often taking me on trips to a train station nearby which happened to neighbor a freight train yard. I immediately got fascinated by the atmosphere of the track landscape, the thunderous sound of trains passing by, followed by a complete calm. I’ve been a track romantic ever since. In 2003, through my former interest in graffiti writing, I started exploring the underground track landscapes of the cities I lived in: Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt and New York.
Subway tunnels are part of a large, well-branched mass transit system that is used by many people on a daily basis, in Berlin for example, carrying an average of 1,4 million passengers per day. Public transportation plays an immense role in the daily life of todays metropolises and has interweaved itself deep into the cityscapes. Rarely, however do passengers get to see the real beauty of subway tunnels as they travel on their journey through the underground of cities. This quiet world lies below the surface of our daily life. Touched by many, but explored by very few.