b. 1949 Los Angeles
Richard Misrach is a celebrated American landscape photographer. In the late 1960s he studied Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he began photographing anti-war protests. His first book was Telegraph 3 AM: The Street People of Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, published in 1974. The following year he began experimenting with nocturnal desert photography, which he followed with the monumental Desert Cantos series, in which he explored man’s complex relation to the desert space. He is now credited with championing colour photography and large-scale printing during the 1970s, a time when such practices were rarely seen in the museum world. Among Mirsrach’s many prestigious commissions, retrospectives and fellowships are a mid-career survey at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1996, and the Kulturpreis for Lifetime Achievement in Photography, given by the German Society for Photography. His work is held in over fifty major collections. Misrach is currently based in California.