Africa Congo

Pink Congo

December 29, 2016

A Congolese woman waits outside a mobile military tribunal prior to the sentencing of eleven soldiers accused of rape and crimes against humanity in the town of Baraka, Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Ten of eleven accused solders were found guilty of crimes against humanity including Lt. Col. Kebibi Mutware who was sentenced to twenty years in prison. Kebibi is the highest ranking Congolese army officer to have been convicted of crimes against humanity. Soldiers under his command carried out a mass rape and looting campaign in the town of Fizi in January. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

Richard Mosse, Of Lillies and Remains, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)

Photographs by
Richard Mosse

As rebels supported by Rwanda advanced on Goma, the capital of mineral-rich North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Richard Mosse was there to photograph the conflict. He has been documenting what he calls the “Hobbesian state of war” in the region on and off for two years using infrared film, which, because it was originally developed for military purposes, Mosse says is “the appropriate medium.” Foliage reflects infrared light and camouflage absorbs it, so infrared-sensitive film can reveal camouflaged troops and buildings, as well as produce the pink tints in these pictures. In this way, 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.
Willy Staley

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  • Reply Barbara Krause December 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my word,absolutely extraordinary coverage.Thank you for sharing.

    • celina sky
      Reply celina sky December 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      thank you Barbara. I love these stunning visuals

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