Conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse chronicles the tragedies of our modern age, mixing extensively researched subject matter with highly creative photographic methods to blistering effect.
For ‘The Enclave’ he photographed the Congolese civil war with an extinct form of infrared film, painting the scenes in psychedelic pinks and scarlets, radically rethinking traditional representations of conflict photography and its horrors that are so hard to communicate. For ‘Incoming’ he turned his lens to the migrant crisis, using military-grade thermographic technology to read heat signatures of migrants in refugee camps and on their journeys across the sea. Shorn on their facial expressions and social demarcations – gender, race, age and sex – they become all the more human, in search of safety and prosperity like anyone would be.
He has been winner of the Deutsche Boerse Photography Prize, and the Prix Pictet, recipient of the Yale Poynter Fellowship in Journalismand has represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale.