Mosse uses uses Kodak Aerochrome
False-color reversal film, high dimensional stability for vegetation surveys, camouflage detection and earth resources.KODAK AEROCHROME III Infrared Film 1443 (DISCONTINUED) is an infrared-sensitive, false-color reversal film featuring medium resolving power and fine grain.– http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/Aerial_Industrial_Markets/Aerial_Imaging_Products_and_Services/Aerial_Films/Infrared_Films/AEROCHROME_III_Infrared_Film_1443_DISCONTINUED.htm–
Richard Mosse’s Infra project uses obsolete military surveillance technology, a type of infrared colour film called Kodak Aerochrome, to investigate ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Originally created to detect targets for aerial bombing, Kodak Aerochrome film registered a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can see, rendering foliage in vivid hues of lavender, crimson and hot pink.
On his journeys in eastern Congo between 2010-11, Mosse photographed rebel groups constantly switching allegiances, fighting nomadically in a jungle war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres, and systematic sexual violence. These narratives urgently need telling but cannot be easily described.
Infra offers a radical rethinking of how to depict a conflict as complex as that of the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The images initiate a dialogue with photography that begins as a meditation on a broken documentary genre, but ends as an elegy for a land touched by tragedy.
Richard Mosse was born in Ireland in 1980. He currently lives and works in New York.
He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Kodak. (-). Aerial Industrial Markets. Available: http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/Aerial_Industrial_Markets/Aerial_Imaging_Products_and_Services/Aerial_Films/Infrared_Films/AEROCHROME_III_Infrared_Film_1443_DISCONTINUED.htm. Last accessed 7th March 2014.
Open Eye Gallery. (2012). RICHARD MOSSE: INFRA. Available: http://www.openeye.org.uk/main-exhibition/richard-mosse-infra/. Last accessed 7th March 2014.