Urban explorer Steve Duncan shares shots from his out-of-bounds expeditions in New York, London, Paris, and other world cities.
[Editor's note: All photos courtesy of Steve Duncan. All rights reserved.]
Steve Duncan has been an urban explorer for over a decade, first venturing underground as a student at Columbia University in New York City. Since then, he has entered underground worlds across the United States and Europe, including the limestone quarries under Odessa in the Ukraine and caves used to store beer by breweries in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In 2004 and 2005, Duncan hosted the Discovery Channel show Urban Explorers, and he has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on New York City’s underground. Most recently, his expeditions — and his photography — got some press following a week-long expedition into underground Manhattan with Erling Kagge, a Norwegian polar explorer.
What follows is a collection of 20 of his photos of out-of-sight, out-of-mind urban infrastructure — above ground as well as below — from around the world. Make sure to stop by Trips tomorrow for an interview with Steve Duncan.
Victorian drainage tunnel, Nottingham England
This tunnel from 1884 was part of England's massive public-health construction projects in the late 19th century.
West Side tunnel, NYC
An old freight railroad line, now used by Amtrak, in a tunnel that became home to many from the '70s through the early '90s.
Utility tunnels, Stockholm, Sweden
Tunnels through granite bedrock carry utilities underneath Stockholm.
Steve Duncan is an urban explorer, historian, and photographer. He has been exploring tunnels and other inaccessible underground places in New York since 1996. His photos have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Sun, Men's Journal, and others. In 2004 and 2005 he hosted the Discovery Channel show "Urban Explorers," and more recently has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on New York City's underground. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Urban History at UC Riverside, near Los Angeles, CA.