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MEGAPOLIS UNDERGROUND


Héctor Mediavilla

Mexico City, with 19.4 million inhabitants, and Sao Paolo (Brazil), with 18.3 million, are the largest cities in Latin America. Both megalopolises have efficient and complex underground metro systems, which transport more than 4 million passengers every day. However, at rush hours some stations are severely overcrowded and identity and the limits of personal space are eroded; you enter into a kind of non-place in which territory and time are ill-defined, where you become ‘no-one’ and ‘everyone’, part of an amorphous, heaving mass.


 

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During the rush hour, a few carriages are reserved for women and under-12s to avoid sexual harassment.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

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Passengers streaming off an underground platform and heading towards the surface.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

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Passengers leaving the train at 7pm (rush hour) in Hidalgo station.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 29/04/2008

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View from inside a moving train as it passes a station.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 01/11/2008

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The coach door just closed and the train is about to move at a rush hour.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

 

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One of the many policemen and security guards who work in the metro system. They are there to stop thefts or violence, but also direct the human traffic during the rush hour.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

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Rush hour at Hidalgo. This is one of the most crowded stations since it is an interchange between two lines (blue and green) in the city centre.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

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Reflection of a mother and child from inside a moving train as it passes some illuminated adverts between stations. These adverts, designed like flipbooks, are found on the blue line.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 01/11/2008

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In the rush tour, a man dressed as a clown spontaneously pushes people into the train before the doors close.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

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View from inside a train at one of the open-air stations on the blue line.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 01/11/2008

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A group of men wait for the train doors to close during the rush hour.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

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The door having just closed, the train begins to move with passengers packed inside.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 15/10/2008

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Hundreds of people at rush hour in one of the connection stations of the Sao Paulo underground system.

Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil - 30/09/2009

 

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Inside a train at 8.43am.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Users wait for their train at Luz station at the rush hour.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Morning rush hour at Sé station.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 30/09/2008

 

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Rush hour inside a train.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Rush hour at Luz station. Passengers queuing for the next train.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Portrait of a passenger inside a train at the end of the morning rush tour (7am-9am).

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Inside a train at 9.15am.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Rush hour at Sé station. Passengers queuing for the next train.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Portrait of a passenger in a moving train during the rush hour.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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A boy holds his mother’s hand at Barra Funda open-air station one Sunday morning, when passenger numbers are much lower than during the week.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 28/12/2008

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Morning rush hour at Sé station.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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Inside a train. 15:26, Sunday.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 28/12/2008

 

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Coach doors close at a rush hour before leaving the train.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 29/04/2008

 

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The door just closed and the coach begins to move at the rush hour.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 29/10/2008

 

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At rush hours, a few coaches are reserved for women and children under 12 in order to avoid sexual harassment.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

 

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A group of men wait for the coach door to close at a rush hour.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 24/01/2008

 

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At rush hours, a few coaches are reserved for women and children under 12 in order to avoid sexual harassment.

Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico DF, Mexico - 30/04/2008

 

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A passenger fails to get onto the train at Paraiso station during the morning rush tour (7am-9am). Platforms are divided with moveable barriers to make queuing more efficient at peak times.

Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil - 12/12/2008

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