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Metro Stations of the Soviet Era

Frank Herfort



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Benteli Verlag
31 March 2022
When you enter subway stations in Eastern Europe and in countries that were once part of the USSR today, time seems to stand still. The stations are chroniclers of the history and art of a long vanished world power. In this volume, photographer Frank Herfort presents around 20 metro systems of the Soviet era from Moscow to Bucharest, from Baku to Tbilisi. His focus is on the details, capturing over 700 works of art with his camera. They were conceived as prestige projects, thousands of kilometers apart and created under different conditions in different times. The stations in his photographs come together to form a holistic and comprehensive representation of socialist art that does not stand alone but relates to the everyday life of people today.

With texts by Knesia Smirnova, specialist in monumental Soviet art and architecture, deputy director at Shchusev State Museum of Architecture.
Imprint:   Benteli Verlag
Country of Publication:   Switzerland
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 270mm, 
Weight:   880g
ISBN:   9783716518632
ISBN 10:   3716518638
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The German photographer has spent over a decade photographing interiors of various public spaces throughout Russia and Eastern Europe. An architectural photographer by trade, Herfort's personal work is a homage to the decor of the Soviet era that is still very present. Yet, transported into the present, the boundaries between time and context blur and the readers are enabled to create their own narratives.

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