Photographer Documents Berlin’s Unique U-Bahn System One Line at a Time


Kate Seabrook is an entirely self-taught Australian photographer who fell in love with the art of picture taking after laying her hands on her first DSLR in 2009. For the next couple of years, she made a name for herself photographing Melbourne’s underground music community, but when she moved to Berlin in late 2011, something entirely different caught her eye — the U-Bahn system.

Basically the Berlin subway, the varied architecture and typography that Berliners experienced from line to line inspired Seabrook to document it for the rest of us. In her artist statement, Seabrook describes the project, dubbed Endbahnhof, as:

… the perfect eye candy for trainspotters, typography, architecture and design enthusiasts, history and urban development buffs, anyone with a nostalgic connection to Berlin or anyone who believes that the journey is more important than the destination.

Here are nine more photos. Including the one at the top, that’s one for each of the wonderfully diverse U-Bahn lines:










Another distinguishing fact about the project is that each line is photographed from start to finish on one trip, disembarking at each station and photographing it before the next train arrives. In this way, visiting the Endbahnhof Tumblr takes you on a very literal journey through the U-Bahn line of your choice.

To take a trip down any and all of the 10 U-Bahn lines, visit the Endbahnhof Tumblr by clicking here.

(via Coudal)

Image credits: Photographs by Kate Seabrook and used with permission

  • Eakan

    i think there are a lot of stations from Munich in the pictures above. not just Berlin

  • MkII

    Many of these photographs are almost straight.

  • Javier S├ínchez

    And the subway security is ok with her photographing? That would be rather unlikely in Mexico, US or any other country. Did she get a permission?

  • Patrick

    As a Berliner I can say that all photos are from the Berlin U-Bahn. I think security is not a problem. It is a public place, so taking photos is OK. Hey, it’s Berlin ;)

  • SpaceMan

    On a side note, what is it with this “entirely self-taught” business? Are you saying she took her brand new camera, enclosed herself in a bubble and got out only when she figured it all out? Learning from Internet etc is not self-taught even if it’s free

  • DamianM

    whats the problem?

  • Brian

    I’m actually planning on embarking on a similar project of the NYC Subways except my plans are to film and put them on YouTube instead of just photographing. It’s going to take MONTHS (there are over 400 stations) but I’m excited for it.

  • KeeFyBeeFy

    Self-taught as in, not formally educated or mentored by someone in the profession.

  • lennart81

    they are all berlin station…and no, there is no problem in taking photos in berlin ubahn stations. it’s public space and no one cares.

  • inek saban

    By your definition self-learning means downloading the info into the head like in Matrix ? :))

  • Rainy

    In lots of cities, it’s illegal to photograph metro systems.

  • Igor Ken

    very clean and cool pictures.

  • ProJohnDoe

    You can’t do it without MTA permission. Sorry.

  • Ryan Oliver

    Never heard of a US subway system banning photography. It’s public space and a staple for street photographers. They may have a problem if you put down a tripod. I learned from experience that the Los Angeles Metro requires a film permit for that — but even that’s not banned outright if you have the permit, or if you’re nice to the security guards.

  • Ivan

    Toronto is the same, you can shoot as much as you like. However, here is the problem, TTC By-law No1. says something that at the first glance sounds completely opposite!!! Here it goes:

    3.17 No person shall operate any camera, video recording device, movie camera or any similar device for commercial purposes upon the transit system without authorization.

    Check the phrase “commercial purposes”. Security is not instructed to understand the difference between commercial and non-commercial purposes. So for them it is easy: “No person shall operate any camera, video recording device, movie camera or any similar device without authorization”. The part about “commercial” goes out because it is not just hard to understand, but also prove, check, etc. Personally, I have never had a problem, but I know of cases where people had to go with security to the posted by-law no.1 (each stop has one somewhere, collector’s booth usually) and point to them that the rule applies to *commercial purposes* explaining they are doing it for fun, personal project, and so on, and problem solved.