The Congo in Color

Richard Mosse, an Irish photographer, was interviewed by The New Yorker recently on his strange yet beautiful photo project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While in the Eastern provinces, Mosse used an obscure film called Aerocrome to cast the country in a dazzling red-hued array of colors. The photo technique puts the militarized region in an unexpected light. The result is a softer, almost fantastical touch to a place that has been characterized by violence for years.

The article says: “The film, designed in connection with the United States military during the Cold War, reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can perceive. He [Mosse] aims ‘to shock the viewer with this surprising bubblegum palette, and provoke questions about how we tend to see, and don’t see, this conflict.’”

See even more photos from this project and others here. Notice the unusual titles of his photos.


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  3. Kimi June 2, 2010

    Wow! My narrow perspective has been opened wider. Amazing what a difference in color makes to any picture and seeing the scene in a new way. Makes me think of how I view the world. I only see it one way, when really there could be so many others ways to view things. Truly eye-opening. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Russell Smith June 2, 2010

    Amazing! I am adding your site to my list of links! And I am subscribing. As far as this particular post, I think the picture of the young boy with a machete is the most poignant. When I was that age, I was playing in the woods with my friends, skateboarding, and doing homework for school. What future does this poor child have? And the crowds of people, are they fleeing from their homes? Or coming home? Very intense.

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  6. Sue Anne June 2, 2010

    I discovered via the wordpress homepage, and have to first of all, thank you for this profile. HIs work is amazing and in this age of digital photography, I cannot believe he created this entirely on film.

    I am always searching for very humanistic coverage of Africa, which I know so little about, but want to learn from a photo documentary angle. I really enjoy the diversity and style of photos you use to portray your posts. Very well done.

    Warm regards from Shanghai.

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  8. aditty June 2, 2010

    This is really interesting. I especially enjoy the second photo with the red landscape… it seems to symbolize what is really going on there. Great post.


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  13. rjanaki June 2, 2010

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. They are amazing. light and colors makes even the darkest,sad and dull moments to a bright and joyfull ones. Truly a gift(colors) of Him to us.

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  17. poisonous101ipop June 3, 2010

    Beautiful photos. This is strange, but impressive(the photos). I think most photographers should get more than a great photo comment, they should get questions on why they made it that way. I like this photographer- he has an interesting point of view. 🙂

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