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.

Timeline

1949
Born in Los Angeles, USA
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, USA
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, USA

Exhibitions

2008
Time is of the Essence : Contemporary Landscape Art, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, USA
2007
Photographic Formalities: From Ansel Adams to Weegee, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, USA
Grey Matters - Aftercop, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA
2006
Chronologies, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Chronologies, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
2005
On the Beach, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
2004
Richard Misrach: On the Beach, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Richard Misrach: On the Beach, Pace/MacGill Chelsea, San Francisco, USA
2003
Richard Misrach: On the Beach, Grant Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2002
Richard Misrach: Desert Scrubs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Richard Misrach: Battleground Point, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA
Richard Misrach: Berkeley Work, Berkeley Art Museum, USA
The Pit, Galerie Sho, Tokyo, Japan
2001
Richard Misrach: Golden Gate, Photology, Milan, Italy
Richard Misrach, FIAC, Michael Hue-Williams Gallery, Paris, France
2000
Richard Misrach (Skies in large format, Heavenly Bodies, Night Skies), Curt Marcus, New York, USA
Richard Misrach (Skies, Heavenly Bodies), Michael Hue Williams, London. England
Golden Gate, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, USA
Golden Gate, Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Basel International Art Fair, Switzerland
Golden Gate: A Work in Progress, Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Cancer Alley, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
1999
Golden Gate, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate Studies: The View from my Front Porch 1997-1999, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA
Desert Cantos del Desierto, Diputacion de Granada, Spain, traveled to Madrid, Bilbao and Valladolid, Spain
1998
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA
1997
The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
1996
Center for Creative Photography Tuscon, Tuscon, USA
Perpetual Mirage: The Desert West in Photographic Books and Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
1994
Landscape as Metaphor, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA
1993
Between Heaven and Home, National Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Mexico Through Foreign Eyes, International Center for Photography, New York, USA
1991
Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Ansel Adams Center, Friends of Photography San Francisco, USA
California Museum of Photography Riverside, USA
1990
The Photographer's Gallery, London, England
1988
National Gallery of Art Wellington, New Zealand
1984
New Acquisitions: Recent Color, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Photography in California: 1945-1980, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
1981
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA