Art + Design | Russia

The first time I saw these images I actually did not believe them to be real. But, these images captured by photographer, David Burdeny, are real images from the metro stations in Moscow. Built in the 1930’s and designed by some of Russia’s most famous architects, the metro stops look more like opera houses or palaces than a subway station. Fittingly, Stalin called them ‘palaces for the people’ and they doubled as bomb shelters at the time. Since they are owned by the military, photographing them is not an easy feat. Burdeny has been trying to get a permit for years and only just recently secured one with the help of Top Gear producers who had filmed there previously. Each metro stop is unique in its architecture and despite the stunning photographs, Burdeny says that “a lot of them don’t photograph as well as they look in real life.”

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