Friday May 29, 2020

Inside Story: Conflicting visions

Richard Mosse covered the Democratic Republic of Congo's civil strife for years, but the haunting pictures that he took there are war photography with a difference, writes Gillian Nelis.

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor

@gnelis
2nd February, 2014
Richard Mosse pictured at the RHA: While war is obviously extremely complicated, it can also be abstract'. Picture: Feargal Ward

Richard Mosse does not look like your average war photographer. Softly spoken, engaging and incredibly polite, it's difficult to imagine him in the middle of any conflict situation, much less one of the most violent, complicated and long-running wars in the world.

Yet that is exactly where he has spent a considerable amount of his career as a photographic artist: in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where 5.4 million people have died as a...

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