Richard Mosse recently won the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 for his images of Congo, captured on discontinued infrared color film. The winning piece is titled "The Enclave," which can be viewed at the Photographers' Gallery in London until June 22.
On May 12, Richard Mosse was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize at the Photographer’s Gallery in London. Mosse won the prize for his haunting landscapes of war-torn Congo. The work, which was shot entirely on discontinued 16mm infrared color film, features the landscapes in red and pink tones. The work documents rebel enclaves in a way that tries to overturn traditional realism. The images juxtapose armed soldiers with the beautiful, pink landscapes.
The film was originally used by the US military in the 1940s for camouflage detection, and is no longer being produced. The film registers the otherwise invisible spectrum of infrared light. Mosse was drawn to use this film for its capacity to make the “unseen [become] visible,” metaphorically speaking, especially as the work is aimed at shedding light to the unseen conflict in Congo.
The work is on display at the Photographers’ Gallery in London until June 22. See also Richard Mosse’s website for more information about the work.
Editor’s Note: We’ve previously featured Richard Mosse and his amazing work using infrared film in capturing images of the conflict in Congo here on the Lomography magazine, so make sure to check those articles out as well to find out more about it: The Congo’s Conflict in Infrared by Richard Mosse and Richard Mosse Shoots Congo Documentary Entirely on Infrared Film.