The Beauty and Tragedy of Richard Mosses Photography

Richard Mosse, is a award winning Irish photographer and conceptual documentarian. For his series ‘Infra’, the depicted the devastating war in the Eastern Congo, creating a whole new perspective on the conflict by using Kodak Aerochrome, a discontinued color infrared film. With his images he not only shows us the tragedy in war and destruction, but also the beauty of the landscapes, still standing there, almost untouched, outstanding our human conflicts in time.

“I wanted to export this technology to a harder situation, to up-end the generic conventions of calcified mass-media narratives and challenge the way we’re allowed to represent this forgotten conflict… I wanted to confront this military reconnaissance technology, to use it reflexively in order to question the ways in which war photography is constructed.”

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Richard Mosse, Safe From Harm, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)

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© Richard Mosse