Photos of Eastern Congo by Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse is an Irish photographer challenging documentary photography. He finds inspiration for his work in art and literature, citing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as an influence for his journey to Congo. That novel is full of bewildering and enigmatic images.

Mosse used Aerochrome, an obsolete technology, to create an alternative image of the complex social and political dynamics of the country.

In his Quick series, Mosse documents the conflicts in Congo using infra-red film, which make his images seem magical and serenely beautiful, but reality continuously lurks in the faces of refugees and the rifles brandished by purple-uniformed soldiers.