'They are living maps': how Richard Mosse captured environmental damage in the Amazon

7th Apr, 2021

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Aldeia Enawenê-nawê, Mato Grosso. ‘You have to put the thing in front of the camera.’ Photograph: Courtesy of the artist


In his 20s, Irish photographer Richard Mosse made his first foray into photojournalism by capturing postwar Balkan nations. This experience led to a realisation that the medium was inadequately suited to capture complex, layered narratives. “You have to put the thing in front of the camera, and when that thing is an abstraction, far bigger than a human figure, it’s very difficult to do,” he explained in a recent podcast with Monocle.

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