Richard Misrach was born in 1949, in Los Angeles. He has spent four decades photographing the American landscape, paying special attention to the desert Southwest, Louisiana, and Hawaii. His photographs are held in the collections of most major institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He has had solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. The awards he has received include four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Kulturpreis der Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photografie (German Society for Photography) for Lifetime Achievement in Photography.
Misrach’s work is the subject of over twenty monographs including Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West, Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach, On the Beach, Destroy this Memory, Petrochemical America, The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings, and Border Cantos.
The museum exhibit, Border Cantos, a collaboration between Misrach and the composer Guillermo Galindo, was recently exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art in California, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Pace Galleries in New York City.
His current series, The Writing on the Wall, explores politically-charged graffiti left on abandoned buildings in the desert Southwest.