A West German photographer couple has spent 10 years documenting the interrogation rooms, prisoner cells, and slick modern offices of the East German secret police, or Stasi. Wired's Margaret Rhodes finds the sheer sterility of the spaces presented in Stasi—Secret Rooms fascinating; with the lack of graffiti in the cells, and the "antiseptic design" of the offices hinting at "the degree to which the Stasi kept a tight lid on dissenters," and tried to "quash any individuality or imagination" among its own officers.
What's interesting is the extent to which Daniel and Geo Fuchs' techniques add to these associations:
↑ A visitor's room in the Bautzen prison, in eastern Saxony.
↑ A photo-taking station found in an interrogation room in a Potsdam prison.
Head to Wired for the series in full.