Richard Mosse, 'Infra (Photographies de l'est du Congo, 2010-2012)'

3 out of 5 stars
 (© Richard Mosse)
© Richard Mosse
 ('Colonel Soleil's Boys', 2010 / © Richard Mosse)
'Colonel Soleil's Boys', 2010 / © Richard Mosse
 ('Come Out' / © Richard Mosse)
'Come Out' / © Richard Mosse
 ( 'Ruby Tuesday', 2011 © Richard Mosse )
'Ruby Tuesday', 2011 © Richard Mosse
 ('Men of Good Fortune' / © Richard Mosse)
'Men of Good Fortune' / © Richard Mosse

Through the lens of young Irish photographer Richard Mosse, war is in the pink. His radical approach colours images from the war in the eastern Congo a bright candyfloss shade, thanks to infrared technology originally developed by the US army in 1942 to detect soldiers in camouflage uniform. The result: seas of fuschia vegetation, crudely exposing the clothing of rebel fighters hidden in the bushes.

Somewhere between fiction, documentary and artistic experimentation, the Irishman’s ambivalent approach pushes the boundaries of photojournalism. His pretty images are also pretty provoking – sweetening reality at the same time brings it into sharper, more horrific focus. Kitsch has never been so evil, pink so sombre.

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