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Photo Essay: Inside a 120 Year-Old Steam Powered Water Pumping Station

A small village on the left bank of the river Tisza in Hungary hides one of the best-preserved industrial relics I have ever seen. If you wander along the flood prevention dyke near the village, you’ll see an old building with an enormous brick chimney towering above the trees: this is the old Tiszabercel water… » 8/20/15 8:00pm 8/20/15 8:00pm

The Incredible DiY Cabins of the Tisza River in Hungary

One of the strangest places in Hungary lies beside the Tisza River in a village called Gergelyiugornya. Hugged by a bend in the river, it’s a relatively narrow, woody flood basin area packed with small cottages that show an incredibly wide variety of architectural designs and creativity. Walk with me in the shade of… » 8/17/15 7:50pm 8/17/15 7:50pm

Ride Along on a Four-Mile-Long Roller Coaster for Library Books

A few weeks ago we showed you images of incredible robotic library logistics, including the Telelift system of the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Last week I had a special opportunity to visit that library and take a look at its automated book transportation system—basically a roller coaster for… » 5/24/15 12:00pm 5/24/15 12:00pm

The Gorgeous White Hell Where They Test Your Winter Tires

Spanning over more than 1,700 acres, the Ivalo Testing Center, or as they call it, “White Hell,” is the place where Finland’s snow tire maker, Nokian Tyres, tests their winter tires in extreme conditions, using over 20 different snowy or icy test tracks, including the world largest indoor ice rink. » 4/01/15 4:10pm 4/01/15 4:10pm

Inside the Caverns of Hungary's Abandoned Underground Coal Plant

There is a hidden industrial gem north of Lake Balaton, near Balatonfűzfő, Hungary, and when I say hidden I mean it. Because what else do you call the bare remains of a wartime power station 30 feet deep under the ground? Luckily I got a chance to bring my camera inside the haunting corridors of this long gone… » 3/09/15 7:35pm 3/09/15 7:35pm

Inside the Bunker Where Soviets Kept Their Secret Stash of Nukes 

During the Cold War, Hungary was one of the westernmost allies of the Soviet Union. As a member of the Warsaw Pact, Hungary had to station a significant number of Soviet troops and military equipment on its territory. Now we've gone inside one of their most classified bases, and taken pictures. » 1/29/15 8:00pm 1/29/15 8:00pm

Decay and Demolition Inside a Dying Cement Factory

The first cement factory in Hungary has reached its sorry end. The monstrous industrial complex of Lábatlan was established by Balázs Konkoly-Thege on the right bank of river Danube in 1868, and in the very beginning, Roman cement was made here in a wood-fueled 16 chamber furnace. Today, the factory is a lovely… » 1/16/15 9:00am 1/16/15 9:00am

A Rare Look Deep Inside an Old-Fashioned Hydroelectric Power Plant

As a longtime fan of industrial aesthetics, I always look for the chance to get inside any building where roaring machines, buzzing wires, crackling pipe, and chaotic control rooms sit waiting to be explored and photographed—like this 99-year-old Art Deco power plant or this 70-year-old Bauhaus sewage pumping building. » 1/08/15 9:00am 1/08/15 9:00am

Photo Essay: NYC's Incredible Christmas Tree Seller Subculture

The Friday night after Thanksgiving is when all the little forests pop up around the city. Most Christmas tree outlets—bodegas, parks, supermarkets, and big-box stores—have a team that comes in to set up wooden display racks, while electricians wire up lights to a generator and a truck drops off Fraser Firs to sell… » 12/24/14 5:30pm 12/24/14 5:30pm

A Trip Inside a 70-Year-Old Wind Tunnel

Wind tunnels are amazing. These massive structures made remarkable contributions to science and engineering, and from a photographer's perspective they are simply gorgeous, dramatic spaces. A few days ago, I was lucky to explore this vintage Hungarian wind tunnel—an outstanding example of an early aerodynamic testing… » 10/02/14 9:00am 10/02/14 9:00am

A Rare Tour of the Long-Secret Russian Town Where Cosmonauts Are Born

If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking. » 7/09/14 3:20pm 7/09/14 3:20pm

A Rare Trip On The Floating Train Yard Of Hudson Harbor

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles North of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. » 5/10/14 11:00am 5/10/14 11:00am

Tour the Hidden Art Gallery on the High Line's Last Unfinished Stretch

It's easy to forget that beyond the tourist- and greenery-covered High Line, there are still 300 yards of old, rusting train track. This last patch of decaying NYC railway will soon be turned into the final stretch of the super-successful park—but for now, they're home to a little-known outdoor gallery. » 1/19/14 11:00am 1/19/14 11:00am