Our cities are being streamlined. The natural chaos of a million lives are channeled daily through an increasingly sanitized network of one-way streets and roundabouts, approved footpaths and pedestrian crossings. The daily commute begins to feel more and more like a ride on a factory conveyor belt, a blinkered path beset on all sides by safety barriers, “keep out” signs, and cameras.
At least, that’s how it feels to a rapidly growing subset of urban photographers known as skywalkers or rooftoppers. Setting their sights on rooftops and other dangerous urban objectives, this new wave of explorers must infiltrate buildings, breach security, and risk their lives to capture the cities we know — in ways we never could have imagined.
No city can be expressed in two dimensions; not by maps and street plans nor by rivers, roads, and railways. Join us as we take a fresh look at some of the world’s most famous cities…courtesy of nine daring photographers who won’t take “no entry” for an answer.