On the 13th of January 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship wrecked off the coast of Tuscany in the Tyrrhenian Sea in one of the most notorious traffic incidents of our time. The ship struck an underwater rock foundation after which a combination of incompetence and procedures shortcomings resulted in 32 casualties and the cruiser partly sunk on its starboard side – with the image of the shipwreck entering the collective memory.
The luxurious but doomed ship was christened in 2006 and could house over 4,000 passengers at a time, with 1,500 cabins, a casino, and a multi-level theater. In August 2014, German photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski had a chance to board the unearthed ship and document what was left after it had spent two-and-a-half years underwater and before the dismantling process started.
Kielkowski published the resulting photographs in a book simply titled Concordia, which came out in January 2016. Check out some of the best and eeriest snaps of the ship which was finally dismantled in September 2016 in a parbuckling, towing and deconstructing process which cost in excess of $2 billion.