Richard Mosse’s disturbingly pink images of war-torn Congo were the talk of the town at the last Venice Biennale. Now, they have won the young Irish photographer the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
The £30,000 prize was presented by artist Richard Wentworth on May 12 during a ceremony at The Photographers’ Gallery in London.
Since 1998, 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mosse photographed soldiers in the jungle using discontinued military surveillance film. It registers all the infra-red light, giving the final images an usual spectrum of color and materializing the inherent failings of documentary photography.
The prize is on display at The Photographers’ Gallery until June 22, 2014. It will then tour to the Deutsche Börse headquarters in Frankfurt/Eschborn from July 17, 2014.
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