Going Down The London Underground In The Later 1980s

Paul Baldesare was taking photographs on the London Underground between 1987 and 1990. He was drawn to recording life on the Tube network. Is that you or someone you know shoegazing or reading the adverts, keeping senses working under-time and waiting to exhale as you or they rode the Tube?

The images shown here were taken over a three year period on the London Underground.

More: Down the Tube Travellers on the London Underground 1987–1990 h/t: flashbak

Returning to London after a three year absence I felt that the Underground had become a microcosm of modern day London with its overcrowding and often tense and claustrophobic environment, dilapidated stations, broken lifts and escalators and patchwork renovation work acting as a backdrop to the overcrowded trains and fitful service.

These pictures were taken around the time of the King’s Cross disaster – an major underground fire in one of London’s main underground stations which caused multiple deaths and injuries. The threat of fire was not the only safety worry; fear of violence was becoming a real worry or a sizeable minority of travellers, particularly women.

The discomfort will often show in the body and facial movements of the passengers. Travelling on the underground seems to create a that vacuum of mind and soul. People lie, perch and hang to gain greater comfort from the often stressful journey.

The pictures shown here are a selection taken from two hundred images chosen and printed from the same number of films.

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Photographer Asked Celebrities To Reveal Their Public And Private Personalities In Intimate Double-Portraits
Incredible Winning Photographs From The 2020 International Photography Awards
Photographer Evgeni Kolesnik Makes Conceptual Photos With Models Wearing Colored Flowers
Stunning Photos Of Ecstatic Teenagers Screaming At Pop Concerts In The 1960s And 1970s
The Atlas of Beauty: Photographer Mihaela Noroc Provides a Rare Look at Women in North Korea
Vintage Photos Of Lumberjacks Who Felled Big Trees Using Only Hand Tools In The Early 20th Century
Photographer Creates Spellbinding Photos Of Meals From Classic Books
Stunning Photographs Taken By Stanley Kubrick That Capture Street Scenes of New York City In The 1940s
Miss Ukraine 2012
This Creepy Abandoned Submarine Shelter is Still Waiting for a Nuclear Threat
Fantastic Nightscapes Of Finland By Mika Suutari
Photographer Dan Bannino Captures Favorite Food Of The World’s Powerful People
Men-Ups! Men Photographed In Stereotypical Pin-Up Poses
Unbelievable Photos Show The Microscopic Beauty Of Butterfly Wings
Photographer Noe Alonzo Shoots Stunning Rainy Photos Of Seoul With His Phone
Kamil Kotarba Explores the Lack of Human Interaction in the Digital Age
Beautiful Portraits of Vietnamese Girls From the Youth of the Republic, 1961
The Original Hells Angels: Amazing Photographs Capture Daily Life Of A Notorious Biker Gang In California In The 1960s
Photographer Travelled The World To Document Children And The Food They Eat In A Week
This Photographer Creates Paintings That Are Actually Photos
Photographer Naohiro Yako Captures Colorful And Dazzling Nighttime Pictures Of Japan
The Orphans Of Mother Russia: An Intimate Look At The Daily Life In The Ancient City Of Pskov
Photo of the Day: Steve Jobs Giving His Middle Finger To IBM, 1983
Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photos of Edwin Smith
Stylish New Yorkers Pose For Portraits With Their Bikes
"To The Moon And Back": Breathtaking Manipulated Photos By Robert Jahns
Swinging Sixties London: Groundbreaking Photography In The Capital Of Cool
Couple Celebrates 40th Anniversary By Recreating Their Wedding Pics From 1975
Сontroversial Portrait Photos Of Jane Birkin And Serge Gainsbourg In The 1970s
2018 Photobox Instagram Photography Awards Shortlist