Glorious “Soviet Metro Stations” Photos by Christopher Herwig

A new photography book “Soviet Metro Stations” by Christopher Herwig (published by FUEL) is out and it’s showcasing the glorious architecture of every underground metro station from the former U.S.S.R. Book also contains essay from Owen Hatherley who is well known as a journalist, architecture, politics, and culture author. Herwig was able to capture individual elements such are neon, concrete, escalators, signage, mosaics and more. Of course, the first thing that comes to focus is the wealthy marble or a chandelier that looks like it’s a part of some museum. Interestingly most of these metro stations were nuclear bomb shelters, considered military sites with no photographing allowed. Herwig gave an interview to thisiscolossal where he shared his motives and more. “Although I likely could have gotten away with a few images I really wanted to do the series properly and cover all the cities in the former USSR with metro lines not just a few flashy ones in Moscow. With restriction being lifted in many of the cities it meant I could have a go at it.”

Saint Petersburg – Russia

All photo credits: Christopher Herwig

Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan

Moscow – the capital of Russia

Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan

Baku – Capital of Azerbaijan

Kharkiv – Ukraine

Kyiv – the capital of Ukraine

Kryvyi Rih – Ukraine

Novosibirsk – Siberia

via [thisiscolossal]