Marc Singer's underground documentary, Dark Days

Stills from the film exposing the subterranean community under New York
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A subterranean walk-in wardrobe in Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer

1 / 6 A subterranean walk-in wardrobe in Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer

Cooking in the tunnel in Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer

2 / 6 Cooking in the tunnel in Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer

At home, in one of the many self-built accommodations in the train tunnel in Dark Days (2000) direct

3 / 6 At home, in one of the many self-built accommodations in the train tunnel in Dark Days (2000) direct

Constructing the underground village in Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer

4 / 6 Constructing the underground village in Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer

Shaving in the tunnel off electricity tapped from the grid with salvaged clippers in Dark Days (2000

5 / 6 Shaving in the tunnel off electricity tapped from the grid with salvaged clippers in Dark Days (2000

Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer

6 / 6 Dark Days (2000) directed by Marc Singer


Marc Singer's film, Dark Days, which will be screened at the Barbican, London, on 31 January, documents the self-sufficient homeless community living beneath an Amtrak tunnel in Midtown, New York. 

'What I saw were people who weren't feeling sorry for themselves,' says Singer, who borrowed cameras and sold his bed to pay for the film. 'They had made the best out of a very bad situation. So I had a lot of respect for everybody and didn't want to see them living in the tunnel - they deserved better.'

Cooking, washing, shaving and getting dressed, these daily tasks - as well as the filming of Dark Days - were done in almost darkness and soon the homeless people Singer was documenting became the crew: 'People were fantastic at tapping into electricity. We'd be in a place with no electricity and they would make electricity happen.'




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