On Saturday, for the first time in months, I visited The Photographer's Gallery to see this year's Deutsche Börse Photography Prize exhibition. The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize rewards a photographer who is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to photography in Europe over the last year and is described as the biggest, and most prestigious, of it's kind in Europe. Every year The Photographer's Gallery plays host to the works of the nominees and as with the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, it is one exhibition I always try to see.
My favourite this year also happened to be the winner of the prize - Richard Mosse.
Mosse is an Irish born photographer who now lives in New York. He was nominated for his exhibition at the 2013 Venice Biennale entitled The Enclave - an exhibition that documents the haunting landscape of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that is touched by appalling human tragedy; 5.4 million people have died of war related causes in the eastern Congo since 1998.
Mosse used a discontinued infrared film, once used by the military to detect camouflage, that turns the jungle war zone in to psychedelic hues. As well as the distinct aesthetic qualities, his reasons for using the expired film are primarily to challenge documentary photography and to link the subtle wavelengths shown by the film to the subtle aspects of the conflicts.
|Poison Glen, 2012|
|Safe From Harm, 2012|
|Of Lillies and Remains, 2012|
|Triumph of the Will, 2012|
|Nowhere To Run, 2012|