richard mosse: infra photo series installation at open eye gallery richard mosse: infra photo series installation at open eye gallery
jan 10, 2012

richard mosse: infra photo series installation at open eye gallery

‘general février’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2010 all images © richard mosse



richard mosse: infra  open eye gallery, liverpool, UK from march 30th until june 10th, 2012




ireland-born and new york-based photographer richard mosse has created ‘infra’, an exceedingly popular photographic series investigating conflict occurring in the democratic republic of congo. an installation of mosse’s photographs showed at the open eye gallery in 2012.

the collection of images were captured with kodak aerochrome infrared color film, an outdated technology once used for military surveillance. aerochrome film is intended to clearly denote the potential destination points for aerial bombs, as it is able to detect a spectrum of light to which the human eye alone is not able capable of discerning. the result is mosse’s surrealistic photographic depiction of the ongoing conflict in the democratic republic of congo. each image is captured in shades of bright pink, crimson and lavender. ‘infra’ highlights the complexity of the region’s violence through an obscured vision of an ongoing war; the documentation of the convoluted nature of the region’s systematic violence is enhanced by the use of infrared technology and the distorted result.


‘the images initiate a dialogue with photography that begins as a meditation on a broken documentary genre, but ends as an elegy for a land touched by tragedy.’ -open eye gallery



‘vintage violence’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2011



‘tutsi town’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2010


‘growing up in public’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2011



‘we hate it when our friends become successful’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2010



‘men of good fortune’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2011



left: ‘come out (1966)’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2011 right: ‘another green world’, kisangani to bukavu, eastern congo, 2010



‘colonel soleil’s boys’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2010



‘house of cards’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2011



‘even better than the real thing’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2011



‘ruby tuesday’, north kivu, eastern congo, 2011

  • Truly beautiful photography.. and use of colour..

    rsofiagm says:
  • These would be stunning photos taken with regular film!

    SJS says:
  • Amazing

    Red is also blood and death.
    That’s the reality of war.

    Se says:
  • these men live in a beautifull hell

    bjn says:
  • Poignant. Colors emphasize the tragedy and wastage of war.

    nims says:
  • I’d like to do this at football matches to produce all the colours for the pitch, advertising, and both fanatics and players alike completely ‘wrong’.

    *oug says:
  • great shots. Just wondering what’s the take on these photos in social terms? there’s a lot of suffering laying behind these scenes….

    nsenda lukumwena says:

    filomena says:
  • Just a reminder to Richard Mosse; War is not a pink thing with lavender scent. Millions have died in Congo wars

    Ozlem Güsar says:
  • strange

    pallazzi says:
  • wow its amazing the things that this irish photographer do !! i saw the same articule in this blog Alfalfastudio

    gabriela says:

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