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Untitled, from the series "Split Toned Night Desert"

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Richard Misrach

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Richard Misrach
American, born 1949

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.


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Richard Misrach


Untitled, from the series "Split Toned Night Desert"


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1975


Gelatin silver print


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.


Image: 35.5 × 35.4 cm (14 × 13 15/16 in.); Paper: 50.4 × 40.6 cm (19 7/8 × 16 in.)

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Photography Gala Endowment

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© Richard Misrach

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