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Alexander Dragunov’s Tunnelbana

Published by Diana Tula · March 1st 2013

In October we’ve teamed up with Blurb to bring you discount codes matching the value of 500px upgrade price, since then every Plus user gets $25 and Awesome user $50 to spend when creating a Blurb Book. Alexander Dragunov, IT architect by trade and professional photographer at heart, used this promotion and printed Tunnelbana book. Tunnelbana is a visual marvel displaying different views of the world's longest art gallery — Stockholm’s metro. Welcome Alexander Dragunov as he shares the story behind creating Tunnelbana with Blurb Books.


My name is Alexander Dragunov, I'm originally from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, but for last several years I’ve been living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. About a year ago I started taking photos of the Stockholm subway; there were several photographers on 500px who have truly inspired me with their metro images of different cities and countries. It took me about 9 months to complete photographing this collection completed. My idea was to take photos of completely empty subway stations without a single person, it was a time consuming project and was worth the wait.

Then about 2 months ago I've upgraded to a Plus membership and got some Blurb credits. That’s when I decided to publish my series. It took me another 2 months to prepare the photos for the book and I had to revisit some stations to retake the shots that I liked.

Finally today I've received my printed book! Long way to it, but I love the result!  Here it is, now available to everyone: Tunnelbana.

Assembly & Editing

By the time I decided to publish a book I already had a large selection of subway photos, most of them I've shared here on 500px. My first decision was to focus only on Stockholm Tunnelbana subway. Second decision was to publish only the photos of completely empty stations, so that it really looked like a series.

Then it was time to put the book together and the software I decided to go with is Blurb BookSmart application, it was quite easy to use. I uploaded all selected photos to the Blurb BookSmart application and started aligning and ordering them. During the editorial process I realized that I'm missing some stations and that I want to re-photograph some of the stations I already have. Hence, my first photo in this book is dated 2012/04/14 and the last one is from 2013/01/12. The overall process of creating a book is very similar to photography: you are doing something by yourself the way that you see it and want it. So I really enjoyed it.

Left Behind

While putting the book together I was thinking a lot about this photo: Waiting. It did not fit the "complete emptiness" theme that I chose, so eventually I had to leave it out. Funny that just after I've completed and submitted the the finalized book to Blurb this is the exact photo that was chosen to "Editors’ Choice" on 500px. The only one from the Tunnelbana subway series :)

Favourite Photos

I love all of them, that's why I decided to share these photos with everyone. If had to pick there are two that I really enjoy. Maybe this one titled Underground world II that I chose for the cover and it's my highest rated photo here on 500px, and this one titled Hjulsta I was very lucky with this photo as it's a rare occurrence to see two old trains at the same time.

Underground world II


Thanks to Alexander for sharing this story and thank you for reading! If you’d like to see more of Alexander Dragunov’s work visit his 500px page and to preview or purchase his book click here.

After a twitter shutout by @500px in search of awesome Blurb books Alexander got in touch & now his story is on our blog. If you’d like to share your story, experience or photos with us get in touch, email We are always looking for interesting content to feature on the blog and would love to hear from you :)


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Aaron J. Groen  over 1 year ago
Very cool, I love your work, looks like a great book!!!
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Frank McKenna  over 1 year ago
you put together something very beautiful here…
Ian McConnell  over 1 year ago
Where do I find the promotional code to order from blurb? Thanks
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Diana Tula  over 1 year ago
Hey Ian, If you upgraded since October 2012 check your email for a Blurb code. If it's not there email and Alex will help you out :)
Jason Corchuelo  over 1 year ago
Hector Melo A.  over 1 year ago

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