12 stations of the Soviet metro in the lens of photographer Christopher Herwig

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A book by Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig, Moscow Metro Stations, co-authored by architectural critic Owen Hatherley, has been published by Fuel Publishing.


Herwig’s book includes photographs of metro stations not only in Moscow, but also in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Yerevan, Tashkent, Kharkov — only 15 cities from the countries of the former USSR. Since many stations could be used as bomb shelters and were considered military targets, photography was prohibited on them. When the restrictions were removed, the photographer took 15 thousand frames. “My goal was to portray them a little abandoned and use people as a connecting element, and not the main one. The design of the stations was the main one,” says Herwig.

In 2014, he released an album about Soviet Bus Stops. Photos from his books can be viewed in his Instagram.

1. Kharkov, Kievskaya

2. Kharkov, “Academician Barabashov”

3. Tbilisi, Technical University

4. Kiev, “Slavutich”

5. Kyiv, Shulyavskaya

6. Samara, Gagarinskaya


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