This year’s impressive round-up of the Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2013 from ForeignPolicy.com included the extraordinary photographer (and our client!) Richard Mosse. While Mosse’s use of Kodak’s Aerochrome film stock has been widely seen and well received throughout the photographic arts community; his project’s content is particularly deserving of this broader acclaim on the international stage for its cultural impact as well.
Richard Mosse: Tutsi Town, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010
The following is re-posted from ForeignPolicy.com:
For Seeing War Through a New Lens
Richard Mosse’s conceptual photos of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s war-torn east are allowing viewers to see conflict in a way they never imagined they could. Straddling the line between art and journalism, Mosse has photographed the region with an obsolete infrared film that renders shades of green into vibrant pinks, roses, and magentas. The film, Kodak Aerochrome, was designed by the U.S. military decades ago to detect camouflage.
Mosse stole the show at the 2013 Venice Biennale art exhibition with The Enclave, a video installation filmed in the DRC with 16 mm Aerochrome. To gather his material, he took a cinematographer and composer and embedded with armed fighters. The resulting images are striking. They include rebels wearing bubblegum-tinted fatigues amid dreamy, psychedelic landscapes. “The idea was to use this medium to see into the unseen, to reveal the hidden and make visible the invisible of this forgotten conflict,” Mosse told CNN.
The photographer, who has also worked in Iraq, says the goal of his groundbreaking work is to bring “two counterworlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world.” Mosse has certainly done that, catching the eyes and perhaps the consciences of viewers.
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