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In Johannesburg’s townships an risky and from time to time even deadly trend exists. At train surfing, thrill-seeking teenage boys perform unimaginable stunts atop commuter trains – at full speed.

An internet video about dangerous sports gave the Italian photographer Marco Casino the idea of documenting the lives of South African train surfers. After doing research, he made his way to Katlehong – one of the most dangerous places in the country. Casino spend much time with the teenagers during their search for the next rush of adrenalin in the commuter trains of Johannesburg.

For this story he needed a quick and inconspicuous camera, so his decision to use the Leica M and Leica X Vario was a logical choice. An impressive story about the life of the teenagers, their “sport” and it's consequences emerged.

The reportage will appear 27th of June, in LFI 5/2014.

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