The Mesmerizing Beauty of Russia’s Metro Stations

The Moscow Metro architecture is the must see for visitors. Allegedly, Canadian architect-turned-photographer  David Burdeny,  was the first photographer to be authorized to shoot after hours of stations operation.

The Moscow Metro opened in 1935, and was meant to be huge Soviet propaganda project. The luxurious architectural designs were intended to predict a bright future for the empire ( “sveltloe budushchee” bright future). Many of the stations feature busts of Soviet leaders or murals with standard Soviet propaganda elements like the Homo Sovieticus.

Burdeny’s photo series, “Russia: A Bright Future,” will be on display at the Jennifer Kostuik gallery in Vancouver until November 8th. More info: davidburdeny.com (via boredpanda, modernmetropolis)

Taganskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Taganskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Elektrozavodskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Elektrozavodskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Novolobodskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Novolobodskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Arbatskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Arbatskaya Metro Station, Moscow

Avoto Metro Station, St. Petersburg

Avoto Metro Station, St. Petersburg

Kiyevsskaya Station, Moscow

Kiyevsskaya Station, Moscow

Sokol Metro Station, Moscow

Sokol Metro Station, Moscow

Kiyevsskaya Metro Station (east), Moscow

Kiyevsskaya Metro Station (east), Moscow

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