Meet The Squashed Commuters Who Brave Tokyo’s Subway [Pics]

Meet The Squashed Commuters Who Brave Tokyo’s Subway [Pics]

Photos capture the claustrophobic conditions that people subject themselves to every day.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 10 april 2014

The woman who had curry for lunch. The teenager who won’t stop bopping to their newest Spotify playlist. Panhandlers. Dance troupes. No space to move. No air to breathe. These are the all too familiar traumas experienced daily by subway riders across the globe, and each of us thinks our ride is worse than everyone else’s. In his latest collection, German photographer Michael Wolf reveals how Tokyo’s commuters have most of us beat.


“Tokyo Compression, Revisited” is the second edition of the highly-regarded book that first introduced the world to the brave subway riders who tackle Tokyo’s cramped conditions during rush hours. Wolf’s photos of commuters were taken at the busiest times of the day; many of the subjects were pressed against the glass windows, and covered their faces when they realized their photo was being taken.


With the new edition, Wolf focuses on the faces and figures of riders, as he explores the mental state and ragged condition of these Japanese urbanites. Check out some of the painful photos from the collection below, and click here to purchase the book.





[h/t] Lost At E Minor


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