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Infra.
Photographs by Richard Mosse. Text by Adam Hochschild.
Aperture/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, New York, USA, 2012. 136 pp., 75 color illustrations, 9¼x10½x¾".

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Infra, Richard Mosse’s first book, offers a radical rethinking of how to depict a conflict as complex and intractable as the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mosse depicts the rich topography, inscribed with the traces of conflicting interests, as well as rebel groups of constantly shifting allegiances at war with the Congolese national army (itself a patchwork of recently integrated warlords and their militias). For centuries, the Congo has repeatedly compelled and defied the Western imagination. Mosse brings to this subject the use of a type of color infrared film called Kodak Aerochrome. Originally developed for military reconnaissance and now discontinued, it registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink. The results offer a fevered inflation of traditional reportage, underlining the growing tension between art, fiction, and photojournalism. Mosse’s work highlights the ineffable nature of current events in today’s Congo. Infra’s photographic dialogue begins as an intoxicating meditation on a broken genre, but ends as a haunting elegy for a vividly beautiful land touched by unspeakable tragedy.

Out-of-Print. First Edition, First Printing.

Signed by Mosse and inscribed 'London 2014' in black marker on the front free endpaper.

Condition: Book has faint bumps to the lower left corner of the rear board (the corner is still crisp) and the lower edge of the front board. Dust jacket has two 1-mm indentations on the front panel and shows slight wear to the edges and corners, but is otherwise fine and crisp. A beautiful SIGNED copy.


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