Richard Mosse is the winner of this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Mosse, who is represented by Jack Shainman in New York, was selected for the £30,000 award for his exhibition “The Enclave” at the Irish pavilion of the Venice Biennale last year.
For the show Mosse documented the war-torn landscape of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died from conflict-related causes since 1998. He shot the series on discontinued military surveillance film, which shows an invisible spectrum of infrared light. As a result many of the colors are distorted, rendering the jungle landscapes in bright pink.
Mosse’s series “innovatively addresses the representation of war,” said Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery and non-voting chair of the jury. “[The jury] praised the manner in which Mosse combined form and content to draw attention to a conflict, which despite costing the lives of millions of people has largely gone unnoticed by the West.”
The jury consisted of curator Kate Bush, artist Jitka Hanzlová, director and curator of the Fotomuseum Winterthur Thomas Seelig, and curator of Deutsche Börse’s art collection in Germany Anne-Marie Beckmann.
The other shortlisted photographers were Alberto García-Alix, Jochen Lempert, and Lorna Simpson. They each received £3,000.
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(Photo: Richard Mosse, ‘Lillies and Remains,’ Eastern Congo 2012; Richard Mosse, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery)