About this artwork
In 1975 Richard Misrach first took his camera into the desert of the American West. Working at night, he used long exposure times and a strobe flash to produce eerie images of the desolate, uninhabited landscape. He experimented with the printing process, making split-toned prints that heighten the blacks and whites while imparting a coppery glow to the background. In the desert, Misrach has said, “the severity of the landscape sets cultural artifacts off in dramatic relief … it epitomizes the extremes of the human condition.” This project paved the way for his well-known, still-ongoing series on the environmental and cultural implications of the American West, Desert Cantos.
Currently Off View
- Richard Misrach
- United States
- Gelatin silver print, from the series "Split Toned Night Desert"
- Unmarked recto; inscribed and signed verso, upper left, in graphite: "© Richard Misrach 1975"; inscribed verso, upper right, in graphite: "plate 33"; verso, lower left, sideways, in graphite: "STNIGHT-IONED-2"; verso, lower right, in graphite: "RM.2810."
- 35.5 × 35.4 cm (image); 50.4 × 40.6 cm (paper)
- Photography Gala Endowment
- © Richard Misrach