Richard Mosse Wins Deutsche Börse Prize

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Richard Mosse, Safe from Harm, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012. ©Richard MosseRichard Mosse, Safe from Harm, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012. ©Richard Mosse

Irish photographer Richard Mosse has won the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his series The Enclave. The prize of £30,000 was set up by London’s Photographers Gallery. Mosse’s series focuses on the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died in 1998 of war-related causes. Offering an alternative to traditional photojournalism, Mosse shot his photographs on discontinued military surveillance film, resulting in psychedelic, brightly colored hues.

The finalists for the prize, who are each awarded £3,000, were Alberto Garcia-Alix, for his publication Autorretrato/Selfportrait, Jochen Lemport, for his exhibition at the Hamburger Kunstalle, and Lorna Simpson for her exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, Paris.