This past Monday, the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, was awarded to photographer Richard Mosse. The prize celebrates European photography that challenges conventional forms of storytelling or beauty.
Mosse won for his series “The Enclave,” which he shot with discontinued Kodak Aerochrome military surveillance film to capture the fallout of the ongoing 16-year war in Africa’s Congo, a conflict that has taken the lives of 5.4 million people.
The judges of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize chose Mosse for his ability to “combine form and content to draw attention to a conflict, which despite costing the lives of millions of people has largely gone unnoticed by the West.”
Mosse’s film choice renders truly remarkable, polarizing, and haunting images that exude cotton candy energy reminiscent of a psychedelic trip— sorta like that D12 Purple Pills video— juxtaposed with the results of war. Mosse’s Congo is a vibrant and multilayered tableau of hues and faces forlorn, that teem with pride and strength.
Hit the video player up top to check out an exclusive video from Mosse’s “The Enclave.” The series was originally shown as part of six video installations at the Irish Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Also, check out his interview with Joerg Colberg detailing his choice to use expired infrared film and the controversy surrounding the project.