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.