Moscow Metro


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The majestic Moscow Metro (opened by Stalin in 1935) photographed over two weeks last year by Canadian photographer David Burdeny.

Burdeny spent a year trying to gain permission for the shoot and had to work after midnight, paying by the hour to capture the opulent interiors of various city stations, emptied of passengers.

Currently on show at the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver as part of an exhibition entitled A Bright Future – New Works from Russia.


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14 thoughts on “Moscow Metro

    1. pat harding

      I first walked through it 30 years ago and was amazed by the beauty, knowing that nothing like it would ever be built in Ireland. That said, right upstairs there was a long queue for basic staples such as bread in one shop, and a little bit of butter in another. Most the shops were empty because the communist dream was a myth. So never let the reds try and tell you that there is a command economy utopia, there most certainly isn’t.

      1. nellyb

        Not sure how reliable the source is, but here it is:
        “Opened in 1935, the marble walls, high ceilings, stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers were a testament to the values of Joseph Stalin and his Communist party. Ironically enough, while the stations were built and designed with Soviet labor, the main engineering work was done by British workers.
        Stalin ordered the arrest of many British engineers on the project for espionage, because they had gained so much inside knowledge about the city’s subway system. The engineers were eventually deported and whatever business climate existed between the two countries was effectively killed.”

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