Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1980 and grew up in County Kilkenny. Following a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, Mosse pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from Goldsmiths before finally earning an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art.

Mosse works in photography and video/ film.

I only recently stumbled upon Mosse’s work and thus am not an expert on it. It is obvious to see that Mosse’s work is political with often a “slightly” negative view of things such as war and politics. His work involve strikingly clear and bright colors contrasting with dark and realistic portraits of people and events that happen in our world today.

His infrared film series, Infra, is how I stumbled upon him. The startling clear pink and imagery of the African soldiers create a combination that blew my mind. It seems that he makes commentary on the artificiality of war and politics through the utilization of these surreal, bright colors.


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