The Hypnotizing Beauty of Russias Historic Metro Stations

Underneath the streets of Moscow, theres a whole other world of opulent architecture for visitors to discover: the Moscow Metro. David Burdeny, an architect-turned-photographer from Canada, believes that he was the first photographer ever to be allowed to shoot the stations after-hours, when they were closed to passengers.

The Moscow Metro, which opened in 1935, was designed to be one big Soviet propaganda project. The opulent architectural designs were intended to forecast a bright future for the empire, as the guiding design principles were svet (light) and sveltloe budushchee (bright future). Many of the stations feature busts of Soviet leaders like Lenin or murals with standard Soviet propaganda elements like the Homo Sovieticus.




Burdenys photo series, Russia: A Bright Future, will be on display at the Jennifer Kostuik gallery in Vancouver until Nov. 8th, so if youre in the area, be sure to swing by! If you wont be visiting Vancouver, check out this post about amazing metro stations Moscows not the only city that has them!

Taganskaya Metro Station, Moscow

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Elektrozavodskaya Metro Station, Moscow

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Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow

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Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow

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Novolobodskaya Metro Station, Moscow

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Arbatskaya Metro Station, Moscow

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Avoto Metro Station, St. Petersburg

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Kiyevsskaya Station, Moscow

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Sokol Metro Station, Moscow

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Kiyevsskaya Metro Station (east), Moscow

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Sources:

www.boredpanda.com

www.mymodernmet.com