The Beauty and Violence of Pink Congo

In Richard Mosse's photography series Infra, he traveled to the wartorn Democratic Republic of Congo.  He uses Kodak Aerochrome film to produce this brilliant color spectrum.  Aerochrome was originally intended for aerial photography with cartography, forestry, and military purposes in mind . . . you can see how this might be useful to detect camouflage.  It has since been discontinued and the film only comes 9.5 inch by 400 foot rolls.  So, someone at some point (maybe Mosse) has cut this film in complete darkness and stuffed it into a 35mm camera.  

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been experiencing various civil wars and clashes since 1996.  

In 2009, it was estimated that 900,000 to 5,400,000 people have died from the conflict.  The majority of the death toll being from disease and famine.  Children under 15 years of age attribute to almost half of that number.



Vintage Violence, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011





Come Out (1966), North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011





Men Of Good Fortune, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011




House Of Cards V, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011





Colonel Soleil's Boys, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

Better The Devil You Know, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010




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