Flavorwire just made us laugh out loud.
They’re featuring a series of photographs of spies—East German STASI spies, to be exact—playing dress up.
Captivating photographs of communist East Germany’s spies playing dress up were recently uncovered by Simon Menner in the once heavily classified STASI Archives, along with Polaroids of secretly searched homes and blurry surveillance shots. They were never meant to be published, but the German authorities allowed the artist to conduct his investigation into the clandestine visual history of the spy unit. “These were used during courses on how to dress up and blend into society,” he has explained. “They seem pretty absurd now, but it was meant seriously — this is evil stuff.”
Cruise over there and flip through the photos. It’s amazing how costume changes and outdated clothing can make very bad guys look awfully silly.
What do you think of these photos? Can you imagine these guys “blending in”?
View the rest of the photos here.