Scenes from the Urban Stage: How Stan Raucher captured the human condition on the world’s metros

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Award winning photographer Stan Raucher talks to us about his recent project, travelling the world's metro systems to capture candid moments of everyday life that reflect the human condition.

Jun 1, 2016 6:56 AM EDT

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Stan Raucher, an organic chemist by training, has spent the past eight years photographing candid moments of people travelling on metro systems. He has travelled across cities such as Paris, New York, London, Delhi, São Paulo and Mexico City, in order to record the many human interactions that go unnoticed by most people travelling through these crowded public spaces. We caught up with him to find out how he shot the images and about his book, METRO: Scenes from an Urban Stage, that collects together some of the best images from his project.

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Why did you decide to focus on photographing people on the metro?

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Tell us about your ethos behind the series… what were you looking to capture or convey?

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What makes your images unique?

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Did you notice any differences in the conventions of travelling on public transport across the different cities, such as conventions of eye contact or interacting with each other?

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Did you have any issues with shooting on the subways, such as equipment you were permitted to use, and reactions from other people if they noticed you were photographing them?

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What camera equipment did you use and why?

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Why did you choose to use black & white? Was it for lighting concerns or an artistic choice?

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Your book mentions a legacy of subway photography, such as the images by Walter Evans and Bruce Davidson. Were you influenced by these images, or aiming to add to that body of work?

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In your artist's statement you talk about how fewer images these days are honest representations of real life and the hope that your candid shots may be. What makes your images reflect reality more than some other styles of photographs?

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You are an organic chemist by training. How does this feed into your work or processes?

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What is the next project that you have planned?

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Find our more about Stan's work at stanraucher.com/metro-book. METRO: Scenes from an Urban Stage by Stan Raucher, published by Daylight Books is available from https://daylightbooks.org/products/metro-scenes-from-an-urban-stage

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