August 11, 2013

Churchgate Railway Station, Mumbai

Photograph by Randy Olson, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Travelers crowd the platforms at Churchgate Railway Station in Mumbai—the largest city in India—in this photo shot on assignment for National Geographic magazine's special series, Population 7 Billion.


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42 comments
Jean Francois Renaud
Jean Francois Renaud

If Mr. Olson did not know the existence of Salgado’s picture, then I understand it is a coincidence. But I have hard time to believe that a professional hired by NG never had a look about works from such a great master. Even as an amateur, I immediately notice the strong resemblance (same train station, same point of view, and exactly the same concept of slow shutter speed). Is there an explanation?

md zaid
md zaid

is it with HDR ? but amazing ...idea.


Davide Vadalà
Davide Vadalà

I love it! That's a really beautiful travel photo of the day. It really gives you the feeling of dynamism, with the contrast between the people moving and  the static trains! Also the exposure (hdr?) is perfect!

Jorge Iván Correa
Jorge Iván Correa

Amigos de National Geographic.  Primero les comento un error que cometí al colocar mi apellidos - last name - .  Ellos son Alzate Correa.  De modo que mi nombre es Jorge Iván Alzate Correa.

La fotografía es verdaderamente artística, muy hermosa.  Con velocidad lenta.

sameer sankhe
sameer sankhe

oh it's churchgate station in mumbai, india. traveled through mumbai subarban trains for 10 years. almost everyday.

Pain Hurts
Pain Hurts

having taken the subway trains in Toronto in past recent years I can only say this crowd is insane. if you could only hear out my story of how West End Toronto;'s transit system is devolving into a fish market. I regret not taking pics when i was in Univ downtown .. and now that I got a camera I never have it when something good comes up.

Haneen Hossam
Haneen Hossam

I am sure its India ! :-)  2nd biggest population ...

Shannon T
Shannon T

That is way too crowded. It looks like torture.

Margaret C.
Margaret C.

It may be taken from the same angle, but it is not a copy of Salgado's photograph.

Seb Oran
Seb Oran

WOW!  LOVE this shot!  

pramod yadav
pramod yadav

best angle, best light, best teachnic ant tight frame

Mårten Sessler
Mårten Sessler

Nice picture however its a true copy of the picture linked by an observant respondent before me. Se his link. Should be removed from the "pic of the day"

Victor Filmus
Victor Filmus

It is rare to find this on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, but I must say that it is a bad copy of the photograph of Sebastião Salgado.

Omkar K.
Omkar K.

Nice Pic .... I love Mumbai !!!

Abhishek Goyal
Abhishek Goyal

Superb capture...Truly reflects the life at local train station in Mumbai

Aditya Joshee
Aditya Joshee

A picture is worth a thousand words. This picture captures the scene of not just Churchgate station but almost all the metro city railway stations in India.

Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

A fantastic shot of what looks a frenetic pace of activity !

Anubhav Raikar
Anubhav Raikar

@Stephen John Crosby .. the train on the left side was introduced to the fleet in Mumbai around 3 years back.. and the link you have posted displays a pic of 1995.. so its not the same :)

Stephen John C.
Stephen John C.

You are all correct that it is not the same photograph. However, the angle and the slow shutter speed and the concept are all exactly the same. The only significant difference is that it's in colour. If I painted the Mona Lisa in black and white would you not say it was a copy? Sebastiao Salgado is a legend and should be recognized as the original creator of this image.

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