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Richard Mosse Uses Photography To Color The East Congo In Magenta

By Michelle Bird on November 25th 2014


It almost seems like you stepped inside a Wes Anderson movie, as green lush and pastures become a bright color-coordinated magenta, but this isn’t due to post processing. Irish documentary photographer Richard Mosse, produces the unique hues using Kodak Aerochrome– a film that’s most widely known for aerial surveys and military missions. “The film captures a spectrum of infrared light invisible to the human eye and absorbs green rays, painting foliage and camouflage with shocking pink hues.

This particular collection of images really hits home for me. I connected instantly, as about a week ago I watched the documentary Virunga (which I highly recommend) that dealt with the corruptive and violent problems folks in the Congo are dealing with due to political instability. Mosse’s photographs shine a light on the present-day problems of the eastern Congo region, which have been widely ignored by popular media. Between the years 1998 and 2008, these civil wars resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. Currently, over 130,000 people are displaced in the country, finding homes in unsanitary and overcrowded refugee camps.

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Richard Mosse’s still images go hand-in-hand with his newest work, The Enclave, an eight-channel video installation that lets the viewers step inside the poignant landscape of the Congo, amidst military actions and roadside burials, pink hues awakening the unnerving reality of it all.






Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image from Frieze on Vimeo.

You can see Mosse’s work up-close at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Indy Moca in Indianapolis, DHC-Art in Montreal, or the Portland Art Museum, through 2015.

CREDITS: All photographs by Richard Mosse are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[via] Visual News

Michelle Bird is a Southern California based freelance photographer and writer, with a strong focus on music, editorial and portrait photography. She is the founder and creative force behind the music+culture online blog Black Vinyl Magazine, and can often be found in the photo-pit shooting the latest concerts in town. She has a strong passion for art, exploring, vintage finds and most of all animals. Connect with her through Email,
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  1. Barry Cunningham

    Amazing and scary, infrared aside.
    Talk about photographing outside your comfort zone!

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  2. Hannes Nitzsche

    This is so inspiring! Well done Richard great work! The video is well worth a watch, pity there’s no exhibition of his work here in Australia…
    Thanks for sharing this interesting article, Michelle!

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  3. Ralph Hightower

    I’ve seen his prior infrared color stills. I’d like to get my hands on color infrared 35mm film to shoot.

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  4. Aaron Cheney

    Absolutely stunning imagery!

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