June 04, 2013

Startling infrared war photography

Irish photographer Richard Mosse uses 16mm Aerochrome film to make us see the invisible—literally & figuratively—in the Congo’s ongoing war. He says,

How much more constructed is a pink photograph than a black-and-white photograph? … [Viewers are] confused, and angry, and disoriented. And this is great! Because you got them to actually think about the act of perception and how this imagery is produced and consumed.


In a marginally related vein, on Popular Photography Debbie Grossman writes about creating Fake Infrared Photography Using Adobe Camera Raw. [Via John Dowdell]

Posted by John Nack at 8:02 AM on June 04, 2013


  • John Stevenson — 1:00 PM on June 04, 2013

    Thanks for posting this John. It is truly a mesmerizing thing, just seeing a few video sequences alone. And to hear “beauty … is the sharpest tool in the box” as the primary objective in the making of a piece featuring the most brutal conflict of the last decade – well, it’s truly an astounding insight. There is a small set of still images from this work posted here: http://tinyurl.com/mlg5g79 (along with a longer interview in written form). But I guess that the specific configuration of the full presentation (in Venice) means that it won’t be widely available ….

  • Susan — 1:18 PM on June 04, 2013

    Very cool photography!

    I found inspiration and new cool techniques from Evan Sharboneaus ebook – http://www.wowitworked.com/photograph-like-a-pro/


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