Richard Misrach was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1949. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971. He is an american photographer and is known for humanistic interventions in landscapes. He is also known for his participation in pioneering color photography in the 1970’s.
His current work, Chronologies, which he has worked on for over 40 years, is a multi-faceted approach to study a place and man’s complex relationship to it. Most of the images have and aerial perspective oh human interaction and isolation. His photographs are concerned with the study of weather, time, color and light, and with the chronology of a life within its time. He considers is series to be an “artist’s book”, meaning a concept book rather than a definitive overview. By looking at his work over the 40 year time frame, he realized the progression of his work, new meanings and unexpected relationships were revealed, creating a constructed narrative. His earlier works planted seeds that took root years later. The photographs in his books are represented in the order in which they were made.
His other series of work is concerned with the documentation of industrial corridor along the Mississippi River known as cancer alley.
His photographs are owned by several galleries includingMuseum of Modern art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitian Museum of Art in New York, and over 50 other museums around the world.