Gelatin silver print, selenium toned
Image: 35.7 x 35.6 cm (14 1/16 x 14 in.); Paper: 50.5 x 40.6 cm (19 7/8 x 16 in.); Matted: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1992.229
© 1976 Richard Misrach
During the mid-1970s, Richard Misrach created a series of landscape photographs of cacti, stones, and palm trees at night. Using long exposures and a strong flash, he captured scenes only a camera can record. In this print, he isolated a monumental cactus in the Mojave Desert, positioned against a dark sky broken only by the small bright dot of the moon. The plant's totem-like form becomes a mysterious icon for the viewer to meditate upon, just as the photographer did when making the image.
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