Some call this mezmerizing, I call it a grand gesture to subway travel. This is truly Urban Montage.
Adam Magyar’s Stainless project is actually a collection of “slow-motion videos” that create a living tableau. Stainless was originally shot as a series of stills depicting the always moving, urban circulation occurring in underground subway tunnels. Shot with a high-speed camera, the images were all high resolution, with enough detail to make out even the most subtle facial expressions of train passengers.
Magyar describes the project in his own words:
“An endless row of living sculptures brought together by the same subway line, the same direction, the same intention of taking the train to get caught and carried away by the urban flow. All their motions slowed down, they are graceful and stainless holding their breath waiting for their train to pull into the station.”
Here is the NYC subway:
Here is the Tokyo subway:
Here is the Berlin subway:
The amazing thing is that Magyar himself developed both the software and hardware that he used in shooting the videos. You can see all of Magyar’s work — both still and video — on his official website.