Moscow’s Gallery-Like Metro Stations Photographed Whereas Fully Empty

A bit greater than a 12 months in the past Canadian photographer David Burdeny had a unprecedented alternative (so far as he is aware of, he was the one professional photographer who was allowed that) to spend two weeks in Moscow Metro and seize its state-of-the-art stations with no folks to trouble him.

The outcomes are merely gorgeous, and it’s so additionally due to the architects and a bit surprisingly, Stalin as nicely. Moscow’s stations stylistically resemble the pre-Soviet Russian Empire’s palaces, however when the Metro opened in 1935, its designs served as Communist propaganda. They have been part of the plan to construct a Socialist motherland, so Stalin directed architects to embody the idea of “svet” (mild), and “sveltloe budushchee” (a brilliant future), of their work.

In the course of the Chilly Struggle Moscow’s Metro lived by one other transformation when components of it have been constructed to function shelters within the case of nuclear struggle. A brand new line was dug beneath the prevailing ones and there are additionally rumors about one other secret line, codenamed “D-6”, which fits even deeper and connects Kremlin with the opposite objects of political significance.

Now, over 80 years previous, Moscow’s Metro continues to be a sight to behold. It’s one of many busiest subway methods on the earth, with as much as 9 million every day commuters scattered amongst 200 underground stations. And for individuals who can’t expertise it themselves, right here we convey you the second neatest thing.

Extra data: david burdeny (h/t: hyperallergic)

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Kiyevsskaya Station

Avtovo Metro Station, (this one is in St. Petersburg, Russia)

Elektrozavodskaya Station

Taganskaya Metro Station

Komsomolskaya Metro Station

Sokol Metro Station

Belorusskaya Station

Mayakovskaya Statio

Aeroport Metro Station

Novoslobodskaya Metro Station

Arbatskaya Metro Station

Kropotkinskaya Station

Novoslobodskaya Metro Station

Prospekt Mira Station

It’s not the primary time David Burdeny has bedazzled us together with his wonderful photographs.