Richard Mosse wins the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

The visionary photographer clinches the international photo award for his haunting infrared images from war-torn Congo

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Irish photographer and Dazed Visionary Richard Mosse has won the £30,000 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for The Enclave, his acclaimed series featuring images from the bloody conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died of war related causes since 1998.

Shot on Kodak Aerochrome, an extinct type of infrared military film, the images are hauntingly dream-like and psychedelic, upturning conventional ideas of bloodshed and civil war and triggering controversy over the role of aesthetics in war photojournalism.

Competition judges praised Mosses's ability to "combine 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 Enclave was originally exhibited as part of six video installations at the Irish Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Past winners of the Prize have included Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin as well as Juergen Teller

Watch a video extract from The Enclave installation here:

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