Richard Mosse, Safe From Harm. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Richard Mosse, Of Lilies and Remains. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Richard Mosse, Men Of Good Fortune. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Richard Mosse, Vintage Violence. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Richard Mosse, Hunches in Bunches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

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Richard Mosse: Infra

The decades of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken an unimaginable toll on the country, over 5.4 million deaths, and 400,000 rapes. This climate of perpetual violence, without clear heroes but with unimaginable numbers of victims, defies concise summary. Using infrared film developed by the US Millitary, Richard Mosse transports the soldiers and surrounding jungles of the Congo into an uncanny fluorescent and rose tinted reality. The human eye is blind to the light captured here. Infra confronts the blindspots of documentary photography in the face of political disorder, and attempts a stark reconsideration of the most violent war since World War II.

Infra is on view at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, starting tomorrow, through October 21. To see more from the series, as well as the photographer, visit richardmosse.com.

What a contrast: Vivid images vs. stark reality. Great stuff here.