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Richard Mosse
Alma materKing's College London, London Consortium, Goldsmiths, University of London, Yale School of Art
Known forPhotography
Notable workInfra, The Enclave, Incoming
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
Prix Pictet
2017 Heat Maps
Honorary Fellowship – Royal Photographic Society

Richard Mosse (born 1980) is an Irish conceptual documentary photographer, living in New York City and Ireland.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mosse was born in Kilkenny, Ireland.[3] 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.[4]

Life and work[edit]

As of 2023 he lives and works in New York City and Ireland.[1][3] He has worked in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia.

Mosse made photographs of the war in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo using colour infrared film with which he intended to create a new perspective on conflict.[2] Kodak 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 light that is invisible to humans, rendering the grass and trees and soldiers' uniforms in vivid hues of lavender, crimson and hot pink.[citation needed] He used this same film to make a documentary film entitled The Enclave, 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, also made with Frost and Tweeten, won the Prix Pictet.


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."[2] 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."[5]


Mosse has received criticism for his work, notably from Ireland, for presenting difficult global conflicts or deeply personal situations amidst these conflicts in an overly aestheticised way, being described as "problematic", "troubling",[6] and discomforting.[7]

Beasts of No Nation[edit]

In 2015, Artnet published an article suggesting that Cary Joji Fukunaga had appropriated content for his movie Beasts of No Nation without crediting the work of Richard Mosse, of his infrared photos of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [8]


  • Infra. New York, NY: Aperture, 2012. With an essay by Adam Hochschild.
    • Hardback. ISBN 978-1597112024.
    • Collector's edition. Edition of 500 copies.
  • The Enclave. New York, NY: Aperture, 2013. With an essay by Jason Stearns.
    • Paperback. ISBN 978-1597112635. Edition of 750 copies.
    • Boxed set. Edition of 250 copies. Includes a vinyl record with sound and music, designed by Ben Frost; a poster featuring an image by Mosse; a transcription from the film; and a signed-and-numbered copy of the book.
  • 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 Castle. London: Mack, 2018. With texts in a booklet by Judith Butler, Paul K Saint Amour, Behrouz Boochani and Mosse. ISBN 978-1-912339-18-1. Second edition, 2019.


  • The Enclave (2013) – a collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost. Made using 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Shown as an installation comprising multiple double-sided screens installed in a darkened chamber.[9][10]
  • Incoming (2017) – a collaboration with Frost and Tweeten

Solo exhibitions[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Richard Mosse - carlier - gebauer". www.carliergebauer.com. Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d O'Hagan, Sean (23 August 2012). "Photographer Richard Mosse to represent Ireland at Venice Biennale". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b https://www.carliergebauer.com/downloads/CV_RM_2023.pdf [bare URL]
  4. ^ Mosse, Richard. "About". Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ Staley, Willy (14 December 2012). "The Color of War". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Ormston House and 6A Rutland Street, Limerick, 28 March–5 May, 2014 – Paper Visual Art". papervisualart.com. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  7. ^ Tipton, Gemma. "Richard Mosse: 'The idea of the artist going it alone is bogus'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  8. ^ Viveros-Fauné, Christian (11 November 2015). "Did Film Director Rip Off Photographer Richard Mosse? - artnet News". News.artnet.com. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  9. ^ "The Enclave: A Powerful Documentary on The Congo Shot Entirely on Infrared Film". petapixel.com. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  10. ^ "The Enclave". Portland Art Museum. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  11. ^ ", Jack Shainman Galler. Retrieved 23 December 2014". Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  12. ^ Richard Mosse, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  13. ^ Richard Mosse[permanent dead link], The Photographers' Gallery, London. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Ormston House and 6A Rutland Street, Limerick, 28 March–5 May, 2014 – Paper Visual Art". papervisualart.com. Retrieved 5 April 2023.
  15. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (15 February 2017). "Richard Mosse: Incoming review – shows the white-hot misery of the migrant crisis". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  16. ^ Seymour, Tom (15 February 2017). "Richard Mosse – Incoming". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Richard Mosse". Le lieu unique. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Richard Mosse, photographer Archived 21 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine", Annenberg Public Policy Center.
  19. ^ Richard Mosse – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Deutsche Börse 2014: Richard Mosse wins photography prize – in pictures". The Guardian. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  21. ^ Vincent, Alice (12 May 2014). "Richard Mosse wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  22. ^ Davies, Lucy (14 May 2014). "Richard Mosse: Congo's civil war, Interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  23. ^ "Prix Pictet 2017: Richard Mosse wins prize with heat-map shots of refugees". The Guardian, 4 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017
  24. ^ "Richard Mosse wins 2017 Prix Pictet photography award". Financial Times, 4 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017
  25. ^ "Richard Mosse: Heat Maps". Prix Pictet. Retrieved 5 May 2017
  26. ^ "Honorary Fellowship". rps.org. Retrieved 13 April 2021.

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