Richard Misrach  (American, 1949) 

Richard Misrach (American, b.1949) is a Contemporary photographer, born in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971. During the 1970s, Misrach and his work served to promote the use of color photography and large-scale prints. Earth forms are abundant in his work; Misrach not only captures serene, expansive views of landscapes and nature, but also creates politically-charged series of works that demonstrate the damaging effects on the earth and environment. During his early career, Misrach photographed the American Southwest to create an extensive series called Desert Cantos, begun in 1979. The series, which includes 18 groups of interrelated images, explores the relationship between society and nature. Misrach's photographs often feature desert fires, rock formations, seascapes, nuclear test sites, and clouds, among other motifs. Recent series include Battleground Point (1999), commissioned by the Nature Conservancy, Golden Gate (begun in 1998), a collection of photographs featuring San Francisco's iconic bridge, and On the Beach (begun in 2001). Misrach's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Denver Art Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Various prestigious institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, have acquired Misrach's work for their permanent collections. Misrach has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2002 he was presented with a Cultural Award for Lifetime Achievement from the German Society for Photography. He lives and works in Berkeley, CA.

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Richard Misrach, Parthenon Interior (Portal)


Richard Misrach
Parthenon Interior (Portal)

Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art
Richard Misrach, Mono Lake #4


Richard Misrach
Mono Lake #4

Michael Shapiro Photographs
Richard Misrach, Untitled (November 20, 2011 3:42PM)


Richard Misrach
Untitled (November 20, 2011 3:42PM)

Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Richard Misrach, Untitled (November 18, 2012 3:28PM)


Richard Misrach
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Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Richard Misrach, Untitled (Blackwater 1)


Richard Misrach
Untitled (Blackwater 1)

Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Richard Misrach, Untitled (February 12, 2012 12:57PM)


Richard Misrach
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Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Richard Misrach, Untitled (February 14, 2012 6:15PM)


Richard Misrach
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Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Richard Misrach, IPS #9876 (Scrub #4)


Richard Misrach
IPS #9876 (Scrub #4)

Fraenkel Gallery
Richard Misrach, Untitled (July 29, 2012 7:43PM)


Richard Misrach
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Richard Misrach, Cardon #1


Richard Misrach
Cardon #1, 1976
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Richard Misrach, Saguaro #7 (from The Saguaro Suite, Arizona)


Richard Misrach
Saguaro #7 (from The Saguaro Suite, Arizona), 1975
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Richard Misrach, Untitled (Reverse color of haystack rock)


Richard Misrach
Untitled (Reverse color of haystack rock), 2007
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1949   Born in Los Angeles, CA
1973   Nat'l Endowment for the Visual Artist's Fellowship
1977   National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1979   J. Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1984   National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1988   Infinity Award for "Desert Cantos" International Center for Photography
1992   National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1994   Distinguished Career in Photography Award Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies
1998   Center for Creative Photography, Tucson
1999   Commission, “The Last Best Place”, The Nature Conservancy
2000   Photo-eye Books Best Contemporary Monograph for 2000, runner-up, for The Sky Book
2001   Knight Purchase Award for Photographic Media, Akron Art Museum
2002   Kulturpreis for Lifetime Achievement in Photography, German Society of Photography
  Lives and works in Berkeley, CA
2008   Time is of the Essence : Contemporary Landscape Art, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
2007   Photographic Formalities: From Ansel Adams to Weegee, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
2007   Grey Matters - Aftercop, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
2007   Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2006   “Chronologies” Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
2006   “Chronologies” Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2005   “On the Beach” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
2004   “Richard Misrach: On the Beach” Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
2004   “Richard Misrach: On the Beach” Pace/MacGill Chelsea, San Francisco
2003   “Richard Misrach: On the Beach” Grant Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles
2002   “Richard Misrach: Desert Scrubs” Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
2002   “Richard Misrach: Battleground Point” Robert Mann Gallery, New York
2002   “Richard Misrach: Berkeley Work” Berkeley Art Museum, California
2002   “The Pit” Galerie Sho, Tokyo
2001   “Richard Misrach, Golden Gate” Photology, Milan
2001   “Richard Misrach” FIAC, Paris (Michael Hue-Williams Gallery)
2000   “Richard Misrach” (Skies in large format, Heavenly Bodies, Night Skies), Curt Marcus, New York
2000   “Richard Misrach” (Skies, Heavenly Bodies), Michael Hue Williams, London
2000   “Golden Gate” G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle
2000   “Golden Gate” Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Basel International Art Fair
2000   “Golden Gate: A Work in Progress” Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles
2000   “Cancer Alley” High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
1999   “Golden Gate” Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
1999   “Golden Gate Studies: The View from my Front Porch 1997-1999” Robert Mann Gallery, New York
1999   “Desert Cantos del Desierto” Diputacion de Granada, Spain, traveled to Madrid, Bilbao and Valladolid
1998   San Jose Museum of Art
1997   The Contemporary Museum Honolulu
1997   Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
1996   Center for Creative Photography Tuscon
1996   Perpetual Mirage: The Desert West in Photographic Books and Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art NY
1994   Landscape as Metaphor, Denver Art Museum (catalog, traveled) Denver
1993   Between Heaven and Home, National Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (traveled)
1993   Mexico Through Foreign Eyes, International Center for Photography (catalog) NY
1991   Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art NY
1991   Ansel Adams Center, Friends of Photography San Francisco
1991   California Museum of Photography Riverside
1990   The Photographer's Gallery London (traveled)
1988   National Gallery of Art Wellington, New Zealand (traveled)
1984   New Acquisitions: Recent Color, Museum of Modern Art NY
1984   Photography in California: 1945-1980, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco (catalog, traveled)
1981   Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art (catalog) NY