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Richard Mosse and the invisible war

This video is one of the main reasons why I started with infrared photography: It’s a short documentary about the art/journalism project The Enclave by Irish photographer Richard Mosse.

 

 

The film, which was created in 2010 and premiered in 2013 at the Venice Biennale, documents the continuing conflict situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This humanitarian catastrophe – which killed 5.4 million people since 1998 – is largely overlooked by the mass media, according to the press release published at the time. “In a sort of advocacy of seeing, The Enclave seeks to throw this forgotten tragedy into a new spectrum of light to make this forgotten humanitarian catastrophe visible.”

The film was shot on 16mm Aerochrome infrared film.

Richard Mosse has also published a book, Infra (link), which is sold on Ebay for around a thousand dollar.

Richard Mosse was born in Ireland in 1980 and now lives and works in New York and Berlin. According to Wikipedia, he has worked in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia. He is now a member of the Magnum Photos agency. Check out his website (link) for news about him.

Here’s a more recent documentary on Richard Mosse:

 

 

And here’s another documentary made by Bloomberg in 2018:

 

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