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Richard Misrach

Born in 1949 in Los Angeles, Richard Misrach is one of the most influential and prolific artists of his generation. In the 1970’s, he helped pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large scale presentation practises that are widespread today. Best known for the epic series, Desert Cantos, a multifaceted study of place, he has worked in the landscape for over 40 years. Other notable bodies of work include documentation of the Mississippi River industrial corridor known as Cancer Alley; the rigorous study of weather and time in his serial photographs of the Golden Gate; and On the Beach, an aerial perspective of human interaction and isolation. Recent projects point in experimental directions; in Destroy this Memory (Aperture, 2010), he builds a narrative with digital pocket camera photos capturing graffiti images created during Hurricane Katrina.

Misrach’s photographs are held in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A major midcareer survey was organized by the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1996. Beginning in 2007, the exhibit On the Beach traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2012 and 2013, Misrach’s Cancer Alley project was on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Cantor Center at Stanford. This work combines with drawings and maps by landscape architect Kate Orff to comprise the exhibition Petrochemical America: Project Room.  Misrach and Orff’s recent publication, Petrochemical America, was selected by the American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA) as one of the best books of 2012.