2019 / Editorial / Photo Essay (Non-Pro)

Metró 3 [Budapest, Hungary 2018]

  • Photographer
    Arthur Bauer

Line 3 of the METRÓ was built in the 70s with the help of the Soviet Union. The M3 is currently being modernized, and half of the line is already under reconstruction. Soon the last traces of Soviet European aesthetics will have disappeared from the cityscape: intense wall colors, playful design elements, and dramatic lighting. Together, these elements create an atmospherically dense place full of theatricality and nostalgia. Although people move in public space, each seems to be absorbed in his or her own affairs. Intimate situations or curious moments arise. The Metró becomes a stage.

Arthur Bauer, child of Volga Germans born in Almaty in 1983, immigrated to Germany in 1991. After his master in Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim, he has been working as a freelance photographer in the field of reportage, people, and art. Initially devoted to street photography, he has been developing a growing interest in photojournalism and conceptual art in recent years. His works have been exhibited in various galleries, including Port25 [Mannheim 2019], Galerie Joseph Turenne [Paris 2019], PH21 Gallery [Budapest 2019] and the Blank Wall Gallery [Athens 2019].