The Sewers by Nadar (1864-65)

The photograph titled “The Sewers” was taken by Nadar between 1864 and 1865. The image captures the interior of a sewer, a location seldom seen by the general public, especially during that time. The composition of the photograph showcases the complex architecture and infrastructure of the underground sewers of that era. The image is poignant due to the play of light and shadow, illuminating the curved walls and creating a sense of depth. Visible details include the masonry work, arches, and pathways along the sewer channel, with scattered debris and building materials resting on the sides. This historic photograph serves not only as a work of art but also as a document of urban engineering from the mid-19th century.

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