Phillip Lohöfeners Stasi Prison Photography

Wireds Raw File hat ein „schönes“ Posting über Phillip Lohöfeners Fotos aus dem Stasi-Gefängnis Hohenschönhausen. Der hat den Ex-Knast im Stil von Stanley Kubrick abgelichtet, strenge Zentralperspektive, oft Frontalansichten, am besten zu sehen in Kubricks „Shining“ und da vor allem in der Flur-Szene. Mit diesem Stilmittel entziehen sich Lohöfeners Bilder einer Wertung und überlässt das dem Betrachter, sehr geschickt und sehr spooky.

Feared for the physical and psychological torture within, Hohenschönhausen (commonly known as the Stasi Prison) was the operational hub for the Ministry State Security, or Stasi, in communist East Germany, or GDR.

The prison helped coordinate the detention and interrogation of the GDR’s political prisoners from 1951 to 1989. When the Berlin Wall came down, it is estimated that more than 91,000 full-time Stasi employees and 189,000 unofficial collaborators were maintaining close, repressive surveillance over the East German populace.

After the fall of the Eastern Bloc, the notorious prison became a memorial and museum. In 2009, the site had a record 314,000 visitors. One of them was German photographer Phillip Lohoefener, who documented its beige patterned walls, wood-paneled interrogation rooms and antiquated medical apparatuses.

House of Horror: Inside the Infamous Stasi Prison, die komplette Fotoserie gibts auf Phillip Lohoefeners Website.