24 photos that show the lavish designs of metro stations from Soviet era



Slide 1 of 26: 
 Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig showcases the
 world of the former USSR's
 expansive metro stations, which cover 15 cities and six
 countries, in his photo book, "Soviet Metro Stations." 
 Recent lifts on photo regulations in the metros have
 allowed for in-depth expeditions of these subway
 stations. 
 The stations are filled with ornate chandeliers, large
 marble columns, mosaics, and grand statues representative of
 the Soviet
 era. 
 The elaborate stations were once dubbed "palaces
 of the people" by Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin. 
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Slide 2 of 26: Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig captured images of the elaborate metro network of the former USSR.
Slide 3 of 26: He traveled across 15 cities and six countries in order to photograph each metro station.
Slide 4 of 26: "I visited all 15 cities with metros designed, and for the most part built, during the Soviet Union," Herwig said of his photo series.

Slide 5 of 26: "I rode a lot of trains and spent months underground," Herwig added.
Slide 6 of 26: Herwig's images, which capture the extraordinary detail of the underground architecture, are featured in his new book, "Soviet Metro Stations."
Slide 7 of 26: Before he was photographing metro stations, Herwig was exploring bus stops in remote places across central Asia.
Slide 8 of 26: "I stumbled across Soviet bus stops while biking from London to St. Petersburg in 2002, and spent years documenting them," Herwig told Insider.
Slide 9 of 26: Herwig went on to release two books, "Soviet Bus Stops" and "Soviet Bus Stops Volume II," which are filled with his images.

Slide 10 of 26: Herwig told Insider that he was "first blown away by the metro stations during earlier trips to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Tashkent in the late '90s."
Slide 11 of 26: But at the time, many of the Soviet-era metro systems had restrictions on photography, as they were considered military sites because they would serve as bomb shelters in case of a nuclear attack.
Slide 12 of 26: "Although I likely could have gotten away with a few images, I really wanted to do the series properly and cover all 15 cities in the former USSR with metro lines, not just a few flashy ones in Moscow," Herwig said of his decision to photograph bus stops first.
Slide 13 of 26: "Just recently, a lot of the restrictions that prohibited photography in the metro got lifted, which allowed me to really dive into this project," Herwig added.
Slide 14 of 26: Herwig's main goal for his photo series was to "create the most complete book of Soviet metro stations ever assembled," and the photographer told Insider that he's happy to say he achieved this.

Slide 15 of 26: 
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 NPR
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 Business Insider
Slide 17 of 26: Many of the stations feature large marble pillars, grand chandeliers, and ornate wall designs.
Slide 18 of 26: 
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 Atlas Obscura
Slide 19 of 26: "I wanted to showcase the variety found throughout all of the stations, as well as capture the different time periods and styles," Herwig told Insider of capturing the different subways.
Slide 20 of 26: Many of the stations include long walkways and high ceilings.
Slide 21 of 26: "Each one was unique, not only in its overall appearance but also in the type of signs and lights on the ceiling, and the tiles on the walls," said Herwig.
Slide 22 of 26: While Herwig was impressed by the over-the-top features, he says his appreciation now lies more in the "modernist style of metros that were created in the years after Stalin."
Slide 23 of 26: Including the stations "with much humbler budgets, less marble, and more concrete."
Slide 24 of 26: "While the classical stations seemed to copy the look of the imperial past, their counterparts, to me, seem to conjure up more of a hopeful future," says Herwig.
Slide 25 of 26: 
 Source: 
 CityMetric
Slide 26 of 26: 
 You can view the entire collection and read more about each
 station in Herwig's book. 
 Read more: 
 The
 Moscow metro is known for its efficiency and ornate stations. I
 rode it and found that it's miles ahead of New York City's
 subway system. 
 16 photos
 of Moscow's beautiful Metro stations, built as propaganda
 during the time of Stalin 
 One of
 the world's most beautiful subway systems was illegal to
 photograph until last year - take a look inside

Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig captured images of the elaborate metro network of the former USSR.

He traveled across 15 cities and six countries in order to photograph each metro station.

“I visited all 15 cities with metros designed, and for the most part built, during the Soviet Union,” Herwig said of his photo series.

“I rode a lot of trains and spent months underground,” Herwig added.

Herwig’s images, which capture the extraordinary detail of the underground architecture, are featured in his new book, “Soviet Metro Stations.”

Before he was photographing metro stations, Herwig was exploring bus stops in remote places across central Asia.

“I stumbled across Soviet bus stops while biking from London to St. Petersburg in 2002, and spent years documenting them,” Herwig told Insider.

Herwig went on to release two books, “Soviet Bus Stops” and “Soviet Bus Stops Volume II,” which are filled with his images.

Herwig told Insider that he was “first blown away by the metro stations during earlier trips to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Tashkent in the late ’90s.”

But at the time, many of the Soviet-era metro systems had restrictions on photography, as they were considered military sites because they would serve as bomb shelters in case of a nuclear attack.

“Although I likely could have gotten away with a few images, I really wanted to do the series properly and cover all 15 cities in the former USSR with metro lines, not just a few flashy ones in Moscow,” Herwig said of his decision to photograph bus stops first.

“Just recently, a lot of the restrictions that prohibited photography in the metro got lifted, which allowed me to really dive into this project,” Herwig added.

Herwig’s main goal for his photo series was to “create the most complete book of Soviet metro stations ever assembled,” and the photographer told Insider that he’s happy to say he achieved this.

Herwig’s work showcases the elaborate underground artwork, which was designed to promote a bright future for the country.

Source:
NPR

The first metro line opened in Moscow in 1935 as a form of Communist propaganda under the rule of Joseph Stalin.

Source:
Business Insider

Many of the stations feature large marble pillars, grand chandeliers, and ornate wall designs.

Statues are also commonly seen throughout the stations and are representative of Soviet-style socialist realism.

Source:
Atlas Obscura

“I wanted to showcase the variety found throughout all of the stations, as well as capture the different time periods and styles,” Herwig told Insider of capturing the different subways.

Many of the stations include long walkways and high ceilings.

“Each one was unique, not only in its overall appearance but also in the type of signs and lights on the ceiling, and the tiles on the walls,” said Herwig.

While Herwig was impressed by the over-the-top features, he says his appreciation now lies more in the “modernist style of metros that were created in the years after Stalin.”

Including the stations “with much humbler budgets, less marble, and more concrete.”

“While the classical stations seemed to copy the look of the imperial past, their counterparts, to me, seem to conjure up more of a hopeful future,” says Herwig.

Today, the Moscow metro system is the fifth-longest in the world and is only expected to grow in the coming years.

Source:
CityMetric

A complete look at how ornate the subway system of the former USSR really is can be found in Herwig’s book, “Soviet Metro Stations.”

You can view the entire collection and read more about each
station in Herwig’s book. 

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