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Empty Metro

A project by David Burdeny

David Burdeny, tough photographer from Canada, spent a year trying to get access to document the Moscow’s Metro stations between midnight and 6 a.m., when the trains were not running and the stations were empty. Finally he managed to photograph them over the course of two weeks, and the result is nothing short of astonishing: “When you take the activity out of the space, you really begin to experience that space as a whole. The colors, materials, and proportions are easier to digest without the din of activity”.

Launched in 1935, also as a form of Communist propaganda — photos of Stalin were hung inside the stations, which were brightly lit environments that people looked up to, just as they metaphorically looked up to Stalin above ground — today some 9 million Russian people go through the Metro’s 200 stations each day. It’s already among the busiest systems in Europe, but it’s still expanding and aims to be the world’s largest by 2020. David is the only photographer to ever shoot it while it was empty.

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www.davidburdeny.com

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