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Revisiting The Desert Cantos (5 Photos)

Revisiting The Desert Cantos (5 Photos)

“Desert Fire #249,” 1985. © Richard Misrach

The Robert Mann Gallery in New York City recently moved to a new location and to inaugurate the space, they are hanging a retrospective of Richard Misrach’s landscape and fine-art photography. The exhibition spans the first 25 years of the photographer’s career and includes his seminal work “The Desert Cantos.” According to the gallery, “Richard Misrach: The Desert Cantos” traces the artistic development of the photographer and starts “with the luscious split-toned works realized with a flash shot into desert night scenes. Eerie and magnificent, these works introduce many of the themes that would occupy Misrach in the years to come: staging the condition of aesthetic beauty of the natural world as mediated by human intervention in the landscape — in this case the photographer’s own invasive flash.” The exhibition runs through October 27, 2012.

All images courtesy of the Artist, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; Pace/MacGill, New York.


“Desert Croquet #1 (Deflated Earth),” Black Rock Desert, Nevada, 1987. © Richard Misrach


“From American History Lessons, Drive-In Theatre, Las Vegas,” 1987. © Richard Misrach


“Outdoor Dining, Bonneville Salt Flats,” Utah, 1992.” © Richard Misrach


“Dead Animals #454,” Nevada, 1988. © Richard Misrach

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