Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital par Bradley L. Garrett

October 16, 2018

Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital par Bradley L. Garrett

Titre de livre: Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital

Auteur: Bradley L. Garrett

ISBN: 3791381881

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Subterranean London

Review
...because thanks to the risks that Garrett and his cohorts have taken, the rest of us get to break through the facade of places to find their secret workings; the veins, chambers and organs of the great city-machine that seems too colossal and powerful. --Will Storr, The Sunday Telegraph, 17th August 2014

The book gives a tantalising impression of what it must be like to wander through these spaces with most of the photographs professionally posed and lighted. --Londonist, September 2014

Bradley Garrett risks his life to capture amazing photographs. Whether he s standing on the edge of a skyscraper or navigating a major city s sewer system, he s aware that one mistake could prove fatal. You have to carry multiple torches because if one goes out, you re gonna die, he tells me as we discuss his latest book, Subterranean London, a compilation of images taken by what Bradley describes as recreational trespassers . None of the photos were taken with official authorisation, despite numerous attempts to get clearance. The group would either get flat refusals or only be granted access for astronomical costs, so they went anyway. We d open manhole covers in interesting areas - we opened hundreds that didn t lead to anything. We also spend a lot of time researching, he explains. And because the UK is so class riven, people don t pay attention to workers. So if you go out in high vis and hard hats, no one pays any attention. The group s collective actions landed Bradley with an arrest for conspiracy halting their activities for two years. But it seems it s only the UK that has zero tolerance to these activities; explorations in Paris, Milan and New York had no repercussions. So much money is invested in London s security that I think the authorities were embarrassed by what we could do, says Bradley. On Christmas Day 2012 we wanted to get to the [abandoned] British Museum Tube station. We had to get in through another station and run past live platforms. Dressed in black and wearing ski masks, we ran through King s Cross to Holborn where we went through the ticket offices to the Central Line and then to the British Museum station. There was zero response. If you pick the right time it s likely no one is watching it s impossible to watch all the cameras all the time. --Photo Professional Sept 2015


Bradley L. Garrett is researcher at the University of Oxford. His writing and photography has been featured in media around the world. Garrett is the author of Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City. Will Self is a London-based journalist and the author of nine novels. His most recent book, Umbrella, was published in paperback in April 2013. Stephen Walter is an obsessive draftsman educated at the Royal College of Art. His interest in the semiotics and the phenomenon of place often finds form in hand-drawn maps.