Tokyo Compression: The torture of Tokyo rush hour commute

Credit: Michael Wolf

Credit: Michael Wolf

Credit: Michael Wolf

Credit: Michael Wolf

All the photos in Tokyo Compression were shot at one train station along the Odakyu line and, since it had just one track, Michael easily found a prime position.

As commuters only exited from one side, he could line up his camera 100 centimetres away from the window – undisturbed – as trains arrived from either direction.

Each time, the claustrophobic scenes remained in near-silence. There were no signs of aggression. But the windows would be perpetually covered in condensation, blurring the mass of bodies crammed within.

See all the photos on Michael Wolf’s website.