Hidden away under the pavement of a city like Amsterdam are cables, pipes and catacombs. They are there to provide the population with day-to-day services with which we can no longer do without: water, electricity, telecommunication but also the many constructions that keep traffic going. As if we don't want to be reminded of our dependency on this infrastructure, it is polished away from the townscape. This series of photographs was made on assignment for the Amsterdam City Archive and brings this hidden side of the city to light.Wim Klerkx, 2008-2009.

Hidden away under the pavement of a city like Amsterdam are cables, pipes and catacombs. They are there to provide the population with day-to-day services with which we can no longer do without: water, electricity, telecommunication but also the many constructions that keep traffic going. As if we don't want to be reminded of our dependency on this infrastructure, it is polished away from the townscape. This series of photographs was made on assignment for the Amsterdam City Archive and brings this hidden side of the city to light.
Wim Klerkx, 2008-2009.

Drinkingwater-treatment, slow-sandfiltration building.

Drinkingwater-treatment, slow-sandfiltration building.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonization-building.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonization-building.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonization-building.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonization-building.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonization-chamber.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonization-chamber.

Drinkingwater pumping station.

Drinkingwater pumping station.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonisatiegebouw.

Drinkingwater-treatment, Ozonisatiegebouw.

Crossroads at the drinkingwater treatment plant. Pipes between the different water-treatment building are buried beneath.

Crossroads at the drinkingwater treatment plant. Pipes between the different water-treatment building are buried beneath.

Sewer pumping station.

Sewer pumping station.

sewer node.

sewer node.

Sewer pumping station.

Sewer pumping station.

Transmitter for digital TV in tower of KPN Dutch telecom.

Transmitter for digital TV in tower of KPN Dutch telecom.

Node in the fibre-optic internet grid.

Node in the fibre-optic internet grid.

Gas-expansion turbine building, NOUN natural gas.

Gas-expansion turbine building, NOUN natural gas.

Test-building for gas-pipes and -meters.

Test-building for gas-pipes and -meters.

Natural gas reception station.

Natural gas reception station.

Field next to gas transshipment building with sign for underground pipes.

Field next to gas transshipment building with sign for underground pipes.

Transformer building of NUON electric.

Transformer building of NUON electric.

Transformer manual-control room.

Transformer manual-control room.

Electrical district station.

Electrical district station.

Ij-river tunnel, input of 380kV electric cables.

Ij-river tunnel, input of 380kV electric cables.

Drinkingwater, sewer, electrical and communication-cables and pipes run through the Ij-tunnel.

Drinkingwater, sewer, electrical and communication-cables and pipes run through the Ij-tunnel.

Emergency exit between two carriageways in the Ij-tunnel.

Emergency exit between two carriageways in the Ij-tunnel.

Controlpanels of the emergency generator in the Ij-tunnel.

Controlpanels of the emergency generator in the Ij-tunnel.

Emergency pumping installation under the Ij-tunnel.

Emergency pumping installation under the Ij-tunnel.

Pumping station for refreshing the water in the canals of amsterdam.

Pumping station for refreshing the water in the canals of amsterdam.

Basement of the liftable 'Willems'-bridge.

Basement of the liftable 'Willems'-bridge.

Lifting installation under the 'Willems'-bridge.

Lifting installation under the 'Willems'-bridge.

Basement of the liftable 'Willems'-bridge.

Basement of the liftable 'Willems'-bridge.