The invisible light in ethnic massacres.

by • 3. August, 2015 • All, Featured, Photography, VideoComments (0)1200

Richard Mosse is an Irish documentary photographer, best known for his video installation The Enclave (2013) that captures the war in the eastern part of Congo. During four years (2010-14), Richard travelled, followed and lived with paramilitary groups in a warzone surrounded by ethnic conflicts, massacres and systematic sexual violence. The photographer used a special 16mm. military surveillance film, designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged installations hidden in the landscape. The camera register the the invisible spectrum of infrared light reflected by the chlorofyll in green plants, turning natural flora into shocking pink. Richard Mosse explains the thought behind his choice of method,

“In some respects, my work in Congo has been a parody of photojournalism, an attempt to question that belief system. But I was also sick of myself, of my monumental approach. My images were so hyper-focal, big, and masculine. I wanted to subvert myself, ultimately. That’s one of the reasons why I chose to use this pink, kitschy aesthetic, because I realized that war photography is an essentially macho thing. I wanted to do it in such a way that’s feminized. It was really an assault on my own comfort zone. And through that, you start to bring yourself into the unknown.”

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