A while back, Alexis over at Exodus posted Richard Mosse’s photos of the Eastern Congo, some of which were recently featured in The New Yorker, so I hope she doesn’t mind if I jack her post. Like her, I find these photos fascinating—strange, yet beautiful—particularly because of their bright pink hues. To achieve that look, Mosse used an obsolete technology called Aerochrome, which “reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can perceive.” And, as Alexis writes, this “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 (and I would add, portrayed exclusively through the lens of) violence for years.”

I’ve also included Mosse’s titles with the photos because I find them interesting. Of them, Mosse writes:

I am interested in titles that evoke a range of possible interpretations, and make the work more accessible to a Western audience. Often, they are derived from popular songs, such as ‘You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart’ or ‘La Vie En Rose’, or old sayings, such as ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

And of his experience, Mosse concludes: “For all the difficulties of working in Congo, I was surprised to find that everything is open for negotiation. Virtually anything is possible if you have the time, will, and resources to make it happen.”


You can view more of Mosse’s photos, from the Congo and elsewhere, here.

Further Reading

Singing truth to power

When Ugandan police imprisoned Bobi Wine in his own home, the singer-turned-lawmaker used the internet, music and multiple languages to craft a call for solidarity between civilians and security forces.

The Fighters

Are the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Julius Malema primed for the greatest gains in South Africa’s May 8th national and provincial elections?