by Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 22 February 2014

In the six years that photographer Donald Weber spent documenting contemporary life in Russia and Ukraine, he managed to get chummy enough with the Ukrainian police to gain access to their interrogation rooms as the latter subject suspected criminals to hard questioning. The resulting photos offer a bleak look at what goes on behind these closed doors. In the words of Larry Frolick, whom Weber collaborated with for a book that contains these images and more: ‘All we see are the artifacts of Power in its most intimate insinuations. We are those artifacts.’