CCCP Underground

Metro Stations of the Soviet Era

Frank Herfort


35.00 €

About the book


  • ISBN: 978-3-7165-1863-2
  • Pages: 256
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Published: 10/2021
  • Illustrations: 253 images
  • Dimensions: 23,5 x 17 cm

Visions of Utopia: Palaces for the Working Class

Fighters made of bronze, giant sculptures with hammer and sickle, cosmonauts on ceramic panels or as metal reliefs, and mosaics praising the beauty of Socialism…

If you immerse yourself today into the subway systems in countries that formerly belonged to the USSR and of Eastern Europe, time seems to stand still. The stations are chronicles of the history and art of a long vanished world power, conceived as prestige projects, thousands of kilometers apart, and created under different conditions in different times.

In this volume, photographer Frank Herfort presents the metro systems of the Soviet era. Thanks to the sharpness of his eyes, the images bring amazing details to light. His photographs come together to form a holistic and comprehensive representation of socialist art that at the same time relates strongly to the modern residents of the cities, skillfully snatching elusive but precious moments from the whirlpool of everyday life.

With texts by Ksenia Smirnova, specialist in monumental Soviet art and architecture, deputy director of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow.


Frank Herfort

The German photographer has spent over a decade photographing interiors of various public spaces throughout Russia and Eastern Europe.

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