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11 Richard Mosse - Surface and SurfaceRecent work form Irish born New York based Photographer Richard Mosse. These Large format photographs are from the series ‘Infra’ shown at Dublin Contemporary this year. The subject being Nomadic rebels in the Congolese jungle. The series was shot using Aerochrome infrared film developed by the US military in the 1940s to detect camouflage and to reveal part of the spectrum of light the human eye cannot see.

”The false-colour Aerochrome was a thing of the past. I was dealing with an abandoned technology which I wanted to use reflexively, to work this military technology against itself in the hopes of revealing something about how photography represents a place like Congo, a place so deeply buried beneath and stifled by its representations.”

You can find various insightful interviews and discussions on Mosses’s work on his website.

www.richardmosse.com

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01 Jonas Bendiksen - Surface and surfaceAmazing Photography from Norwegian Photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen’s project ‘The Places We Live’.

I saw Bendiksen’s work for the first time at a Magnum exhibition in the C/O Berlin last year and was completely blown away by the composition and lighting in his work.

In 2005 he started The Places We Live, “a project on the growth of urban slums across the world, which combines still photography, projections and voice recordings to create three-dimensional installations”.

For three years, I visited dozens of families in four slums around the world.  The Places We Live was not a search for finding the absolute extremes of urban poverty I wasn’t looking for the dirties spot, the poorest hovels or the most crime-ridden street corner. My task was to find how people normalize these dire situations. How they build dignity and daily lives in the midst of very challenging living conditions.

www.theplaceswelive.com

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