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« Incoming » by Richard Mosse

Mack Books just released Richard Mosse‘s new photobook, « Incoming« , derived from an ambitious multimedia project. 3 years after « The Enclave », shot in Congo with Aerochrome infrared film, Mosse’s new photobook consists of 600 still images from his video installation at the London’s Barbican Gallery.


Projected across three 8 meter wide screens, the film – made in collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost – is accompanied by a loud dissonant soundtrack to create an overwhelming, immersive experience. Moving from footage of a live battle inside Syria, in which a US aircraft strikes Daesh positions on the ground, to a scene showing pathologists extracting DNA from the bones of unidentified corpses of refugees drowned off the Aegean island of Leros, the film opens a testimonial space of historical document mediated through an advanced military camera technology.

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Narratives of the journeys made by refugees and migrants across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, are captured using an extremely powerful thermographic military camera which perceives body heat at a 50km distance. The camera translates the world into a heat signature of temperature difference, producing a dazzling monochrome halo-image which alludes literally and metaphorically to hypothermia, climate change, weapons targeting, border surveillance, xenophobia, and the life of stateless people.

The book is available at Urban Spree Berlin and online.