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The Impossible Image

Richard Mosse’s film and photographs document the ongoing humanitarian disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo in which 5.4 million people have died since 1998.

Mosse uses a discontinued military film that renders all the greenery in a landscape in vivid hues of pink. The striking hot pink landscapes are at odds with the subject, drawing the viewer in and shedding new light on this largely overlooked humanitarian disaster. From a creative perspective, his work is a reminder that a simple devise (like colour change) can make people sit up and pay attention. His works challenge our perception of beauty; by depicting the ugly conflict in a beautiful, shocking pink, the viewer is left feeling uncomfortable, making them contemplate the subject further.


Source: https://vimeo.com/67115692 – Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image

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Jo Hood
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