Steve Duncan is a modern day archaeologist, an “urban historian” who employs a rare practice to catalog the history of New York City. Mr. Duncan with his videographer partner Andrew Wonder explore the abandoned past of New York below the city streets – from the subway tunnels of yesteryear to the peaks of the city’s bridges.
Armed with gloves, a backpack, and a healthy appreciation for the deadliness of the third rail, the duo runs through active subway tunnels, climbs through sewers over rushing water, scales massive bridges and does so without detection.They explore the hidden New York, which you have never seen before. And it’s breathtaking.
Wonder shot the compilation of urban explorations – appropriately titled Undercity – on a Canon 5d Mark II. The journeys range from sewer to subway to Williamsburg Bridge, and give a look at the world that’s happening underneath our feet every single day.
Duncan’s made a mission out of these journeys, collecting his photographs and videos at Undercity.org. What’s exciting is that every city has its own secret history, sealed underground, untapped and waiting to be explored. Let’s hope Wonder and Duncan decide to take their show on (and below) the road. [UnderCity and Gizmodo and NPR]