The Congo's Conflict in Infrared by Richard Mosse


I'll take this opportunity to talk about a photography series that I find very interesting. It's about a photo collection made in large format and using infrared film that shows the armed conflict harshness over eastern Congo.

General Février, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

The author of these impressive photographs is the Irish photographer Richard Mosse. The pictures were taken between 2010 and 2011 at Ituri, northern Kivu and southern Kivu provinces, all of them located at Democratic Republic of the Congo eastern part . As you can see, the film that was used is nothing but Kodak Aerochrome and the pictures were taken with a large format camera.

The result that Richard got by mixing those red, pink and lavender tones with the images of a situation as harsh as an armed Congo conflict is a kind of metaphor about the absurd and surreal events that war can bring.

“I chose Aerochrome because I thought that it would provide me a unique window through which I could inspect the eastern Congo battlefield. That film gave me the opportunity to think about from my role as a white man photographing Congo with a huge wooden camera. Besides, it made me start to evaluate the photojournalism rules in my task of representing conflicts, and that I’ve wanted to face up in my own way”

You can find the complete gallery on the photographer's official website. Impressions from the author can be found on Pulitzer Center. I also recomend you this magnificent article of javihacefotos acerca de este magnífico carrete.

written by analemma on 2012-02-13 in #lifestyle #richard-mosse #infrared #red #pink #war #kodak #large-format #aerochrome #congo
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  1. jennysparkle
    jennysparkle ·

    I've been looking at these online, there amazing! I would love to try and get my hands on some of this film!

  2. emilios
    emilios ·


  3. amerlto14
    amerlto14 ·

    love it

  4. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    They are amazing - too amazing for me. I find myself looking at the beautiful colors and forgetting what is, to me, one of the most shameful things of humankind. But they are really something!

  5. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Such striking images, I am stunned.

  6. diggity
    diggity ·

    I am so moved by the images. Such beauty found in the middle of a horrible conflict.

  7. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    I just found them on the internet. Haunting and heart breaking!! I saw lots of EIR & aerochrome pictures that looks like Alice in Wonderland, but the red and magenta in these pictures from Congo illicit a very different atmosphere.

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