Richard Misrach Catalogue
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Richard Misrach
Chronology
1963
Attends University High School, Los Angeles, California. Interests include surfing and skiing.
 
1968
While majoring in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, begins to show interest in fine art photography. Photographs some of the anti-war protests.
 
1969
Takes a class with aerial photographer William Garnett.
 
1972
Continues to study photography independently, after being rejected from San Francisco State graduate program.
 
1973
Wins National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Telegraph Avenue documentary.

First group show, Places, at the San Francisco Art Institute.
 
1974
Publishes Telegraph 3 A.M.: The Street People of Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley (Cornucopia Press) which receives a Western Book Award.
 
1975
Begins experiementing with night desert imagery.
 
1976
Ferguson Grant, Friends of Photography, Carmel, California.
 
1977
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
 
John Szarkowski, photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art, purchases several of Misrach's photographs for the upcoming group exhibition, Mirrors and Windows.
 
1978
Bell Corporation commission for book and exhibition, American Images: New Work by Twenty Contemporary Photographers.
 
1979
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.
 
Travels to Italy and Greece, taking night pictures of ancient Greek ruins.
 
1981
Marries Debra Bloomfield.
 
A.I.G.A. Graphic Arts Award (for design of "Hawaii" poster).
 
1982
A fire at The Design Conspiracy photo lab in Oakland, California destroys nearly 4,000 negatives, which included early work for the 1983 Desert Canto XIII: The Inhabitants and Desert Canto XIV:The Visitors series.
 
1983
During a trip to Tuscon, Arizona, Misrach becomes aware of the large military presence in the desert lands of Western United State.
 
1984
Contemporary Arts Forum Commission, "Focus, Santa Barbara".
 
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
 
Teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, California.
 
1985
Begins Desert Cantos VII: Desert Seas.
 
1986
Establishes the Northern California Headquarters for Nuclear Disarmament, a hotline for information on anti-nuclear activities and news.
 
Teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.
 
1987
Philadelphia Museum of Art Commission.
 
Refuses to participate in a centennial project for the city of Birmingham, Alabama after learning that all fellow participants are white males.
 
1988
DIA Art Foundation commission (to photograph Michael Heizer’s "The City").
 
International Center for Photography Infinity Award for Outstanding Publication of 1987 (Desert Cantos, University of New Mexico Press).
 
TIME Magazine Cover Commission (July 4, 1988).
 
New York Foundation for the Arts Commission, Paper for the Orcas Conference/Creative Support for the Creative Artist (November 1988); "Bucks and Ethics"
 
1989
Silver Medal Award at the International Book Design Exhibition for Desert Cantos, Leipzig, Germany.
 
Marries journalist Myriam Weisang.
 
1990
Teaches at California Institute for the Arts (Cal Arts), Valencia, California.
 
1991
Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, California.
 
Media Alliance Meritorious Award for Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West.
 
PEN Literary Award for Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West.
 
1992
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
 
Koret Israel Prize.
 
Denver Art Museum Commission for the "Landscape as Metaphor" Exhibition.
 
1994
Distinguished Career in Photography Award, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies.
 
1995
BBC 2 airs a documentary titled, "Dead West: The War on the American Desert," created by Bandung Limited.
 
1996
Golden Light Award, Best Retrospective Book for Crimes and Splendors, Maine Photographic Workshops.
 
Mid-career retrospective for cantos series opens at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and tours around the country.
 
1998
Commission, “Picturing the South”, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Commission, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona.
 
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, Akron, Ohio.
 
2002
Environmental Messenger of the Year Award, Environmental Grantmakers' Association, New York, New York (first annual award).

Kulturpreis for Lifetime Achievement in Photography, German Society of Photography.
 
2008
Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art Photography.
 
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