Mosse gained significant attention for his photographs of the war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo using colour infrared film intended to create a new perspective on conflict. It was also made into a film with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost. This work was published in three publications, exhibited in solo exhibitions, and won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2014.
In 2017 his video installation Incoming, commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Barbican Art Gallery, made in collaboration with musician Ben Frost and Trevor Tweeten, won the Prix Pictet.
Life and work
Mosse lives and works in New York and Berlin. He received a first class BA in English literature from King's College London in 2001, an MRes in cultural studies from the London Consortium in 2003, a postgraduate diploma in fine art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2005 and a photography MFA from Yale School of Art in 2008.
He has worked in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia. He is best known for his infrared images from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). For his infrared photographs he used a large format camera and the now-discontinued Kodak Aerochrome film. Aerochrome is a false-color infrared film originally intended for aerial vegetation surveys and for military reconnaissance, such as to identify camouflaged targets. It registers a spectrum of infrared light invisible to the human eye, rendering the green landscape and soldiers' uniforms in vivid hues of lavender, crimson and hot pink.
Critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, said "His images from there often seem to skirt the real and the fictional, simply though [sic] their heightened and unreal colours. He has made the familiar seem strange and the real seem heightened to the point of absurdity. This is war reportage – but not as we know it." Willy Staley, writing in the New York Times Magazine, said "Mosse highlights the eastern Congo's natural bounty while acknowledging both the medium's origins and, he points out, the West’s tendency to see in the Congo only darkness and insanity."
- Infra. New York, NY: Aperture, 2012. With an essay by Adam Hochschild.
- The Enclave. New York, NY: Aperture, 2013. With an essay by Jason Stearns.
- A Supplement to The Enclave. Berlin: Broken Dimanche Press, 2014. ISBN 978-3-943196-25-2. Edited by John Holten. With texts by Chrisy Lange, Patrick Mudekereza and Charles Stankievech and conversations between Richard Mosse and Trevor Tweeten and Ben Frost. Newspaper format.
- Richard Mosse Catalogue. Curve Publications. London: Barbican, 2017. With an interview between Mosse and Alona Pardo, and a text by Anthony Downey.
- Incoming. London: Mack, 2017. ISBN 978-1-910164-77-8. With texts by Giorgio Agamben and Mosse.
- The Enclave – a collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten. Made using 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Shown as an installation comprising multiple double-sided screens installed in a darkened chamber.
- Incoming (2017) – a collaboration with musician Ben Frost and Trevor Tweeten.
- 2008: Airside, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
- 2012: Infra, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
- 2012: The Enclave (film), Venice Biennale. Eight-channel version of his video installation.
- 2014: The Enclave, Photographers' Gallery, London.
- 2017: Incoming, Curve Gallery, Barbican Centre, London.
- 2006–2008: Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania.
- 2011: Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
- 2014: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
- 2017: Prix Pictet, for Heat Maps.
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- O'Hagan, Sean (15 February 2017). "Richard Mosse: Incoming review – shows the white-hot misery of the migrant crisis". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
- "Richard Mosse: Incoming: 15 February 2017 - 23 April 2017: Curve Gallery". Barbican Centre. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
- Seymour, Tom (15 February 2017). "Richard Mosse – Incoming". British Journal of Photography. Apptitude Media. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
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- "Prix Pictet 2017: Richard Mosse wins prize with heat-map shots of refugees". The Guardian, 4 May 2017. Accessed 5 May 2017
- "Richard Mosse wins 2017 Prix Pictet photography award". The Financial Times, 4 May 2017. Accessed 5 May 2017
- "Richard Mosse: Heat Maps". Prix Pictet. Accessed 5 May 2017