Chromogenic process color print (printed 2001)
Image: 46.2 x 59 cm (18 3/16 x 23 1/4 in.); Paper: 50.8 x 60.9 cm (20 x 24 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 81.3 cm (28 x 32 in.)
Gift of Friends of Photography 2001.128
Throughout his career, Richard Misrach has expressed his concern for the environment by juxtaposing the inherent beauty of his natural subjects with the destructive impact of humanity on the land. Having photographed different aspects of America's deserts for over twenty years, he is widely recognized for his body of work titled Desert Cantos. Although Misrach chose a totally different terrain for this composition-the wetlands of southern Louisiana-his message remains unchanged. In this intensely colored formal composition, an unsightly pipe bisects the swamp and blemishes the natural landscape, evoking an uneasy feeling about the substance it may carry.
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