Shudder Speed

Photojournalism’s mandates are objectivity and timeliness. The photographer has to make choices and apply his or her own sensibilities to the moment. But once the shutter release is pressed, aesthetics take a back seat to reporting. Richard Mosse‘s travel itinerary and career history closely resemble those of a photojournalist, but his approach is that of an artist. Mosse, an Annenberg Fellow, has captured the blast furnace of desert warfare in Iraq, the military occupation in the Congo and political unrest in Syria. The conditions of his work life include police harassment, flying bullets and greedy public officials — “I probably spent a couple thousand dollars of grant money on bribes,” he once told Dazed and Confused magazine, speaking of his experience in the Congo. “It was the only way you could get around.” The Photography Society of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak) presents an appearance by Mosse at 6 p.m. in the Atkins Auditorium. For more information, call 816-751-1278 or see nelson-atkins.org.— Chris Packham

Thu., Feb. 24, 6 p.m., 2011