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Infra: Photographs by Richard Mosse Hardcover – February 29, 2012

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Infra, Mosse's first book, doesn't look like a Reuters slide show so much as an arresting mash-up of fashion photography, military surveillance stills, and psychedelic dream imagery. —Jessica Loudis

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Using Kodak Aerochrome - a doscontinued color infrared film originally intended for military reconnaissance - Mosse imagines the Democratic Republic of Congo as a hot pink, crimson, and lavender-hued landscape wrought by decades of a complex ongoing war, which he terms "essentially intantgible." In his hands the nation's topography, innocent bystanders and gun-slinging rebels are made more tangible, in a way that both intensifies and softens the reality of war. (American Photo)

“Infra” seeks to shed light on the intractable war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to present narratives that, Mr. Mosse writes, “urgently need telling but cannot be easily described.” In a brilliant tactic, Mr. Mosse shot these photos using Kodak Aerochrome, a discontinued military aerial-surveillance film. The infrared film is extra sensitive to green and translates the Congolese landscape into torrid pinks, margarita blues and coral-reef fuchsias. Against this surreal backdrop we see the war more clearly: the child soldiers, the maimed, the dead. (Dana Jennings The New York Times)

He works with a wooden large-format camera and Kodak Aerochrome - an infared film used for military aerial surveillance and Jimi Hendrix album covers before it was taken off the market two years ago - to render the Congo in a lurid hot pink that recalls the chromatic fashions of its urban sapeur subculture.
Infra, his first book, doesn't look like a Reuters slide show so much as an arresting mash-up of fashion photography, mililtary surveillance stills, and psychedelic dream imagery.
Mosse breaks with the cliches of classical photojournalism, and allows his images to take on an unreality that befits their subjects. (Jessica Loudis Bookforum)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159711202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597112024
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great study on color and form for any artist or person working with color. Even though the color is maneuvered digitally, it is a brilliant interpretation.
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