Subterranean London compiles the images of a dozen photographers who explored the city's underground spaces without permission.
At first glance, it could be easy to assume that Subterranean London is a coffee table book for ruin porn enthusiasts. The cover image shows a man in silhouette, with a light adorning his forehead like a ruby Cyclops eye. Shrouded in darkness, he looks like the not-so-benevolent guardian of the dreary transit tunnel in which he's standing. But hey, you know what they say about assuming.
None of the photos in Subterranean London were taken with permission, which isn't to say permission isn't available. In fact, for some projects like Crossrail, the city holds Open House days when visitors are invited to take a tour of the facilities. But permission often comes with a layer of constraints and middle men. Sometimes, it comes with a huge price tag.