Exploring Undergrounds

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. (via)

Stockholm, Sweden

West Side Tunnel, NYC

West Side Tunnel, NYC

Fleet River Sewer, London

Paris Catacombs

Bradford Beck River, Bradford, England

Subway Tracks, NYC

Neglinnaya River, Moscow

Paris Catacombs

Knickerbocker Sewer, NYC

Croton Aqueduct, NYC

Tyburn River Sewer, London

Utility Tunnels, St. Paul, Minnesota

Park River, Hartford, Connecticut

Tibbetts Brook, Bronx, NY