London Underground photo exhibition tube150

shown at

The Strand Gallery

The Strand Gallery, central London
26 March – 13 April 2013

University of Cambridge

Old Examination Hall, University of Cambridge
19 June – 11 October 2013

Subway Gallery, Joe Strummer Subway, London

Subway Gallery, Joe Strummer Subway, London
14 – 22 March 2014

London Underground logo mosaic
A mosaic of 10,000 tiles of images from the exhibition, created by University of Cambridge graduate student Rob Hocking at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics with his novel algorithm using probabilistic tile assignment to mimic the analogue irregularities of real ceramic.

I regard the London Underground as one of the man-made wonders of the world. To the question 'why photograph the Tube', I can only quote George Mallory: 'because it is there'. On the occasion of its 150th year, one can only admire its ability to ingest and spit out millions of people every day in every direction. The Tubographical Transactions exhibition tries to portray the endless permutations of ceramic tiles and cast iron in the venerable subterranean network and the perpetual drama of living beings that scurry through its labyrinthine conduits.

Subway Gallery London Underground photo exhibition tube150
My grandmother's clothes pegs at the Subway Gallery, London.

The mathematical name of the exhibition Tube = 2πr × h originates from the equation for the surface area of an open cylinder, that is the circumference 2πr multiplied by length h. This ancient geometric form has long served the cause of mechanical engineering and played no small part in seducing many a Tube fanatic.

Using a repertoire of camera manœuvres that often draw incredulous looks from passing commuters, the photographer attempts to transcend the purely cylindrical or human facets of the Underground to reveal the love-hate relationship between man and machine.

In the memory of innocent lives lost in the
London attacks of 7 July 2005.

International Media Coverage & Publications

London Underground: New Perspectives Tube150 London Transport Museum book cover   Singapore Airlines inflight magazine SilverKris London Underground Tube150 Oval station spiral stair   Lianhe Zaobao Tube150 London Underground Holborn station escalator

Book cover and 14-page feature, London Transport Museum (limited edition)
Launched at University College London on 27 November 2013

Singapore Airlines inflight magazine SilverKris, November 2013
Carried on the world's longest nonstop service (15,343 km),
New York—Singapore, all–Business Class Airbus A340–500

BBC radio announcement

Culture24 (UK), 10 March 2014

London Evening Standard, 5 March 2014

ITV News (London), 5 March 2014

Londonist, 5 March 2014

Salad Days Magazine, 1 March 2014

West End Extra (London)

Cambridge News, 25 June 2013
Cambridge News, 20 June 2013

Digital SLR Photography (Malaysia edition), June 2013
(seven-page feature)

Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore (in chinese)
front page | centre spread

London Underground television documentary
OBS channel, South Korea

also featured in Time Out London and reviewed in London ITA (in italian)

Seminars & Auxiliary Exhibits

London Underground 150th anniversary conference, January 2013
Sidney Exposed, University of Cambridge, March 2013
Sidney Sussex Arts Festival, University of Cambridge, June 2013
Take the Tube, Camden Archives, central London, October – December 2013
Book launch, University College London, November 2013


Loxley Colour           Bob Books
(main sponsor, London)

University of Cambridge       Photography and Illustration Service
(main sponsor, Cambridge)
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