San Francisco; New York City: Distributed Art Publishers; Fraenkel Gallery, 2005. Folio. (15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches). First edition, 280pp. 125 color photographs printed in landscape format chronologically ordered with brief captions (otherwise no text).
Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards, with clear, lightly worn acetate dustjacket printed with title in black and white on front and spine.
Thirty years of color photographs by revolutionary photographer, Richard Misrach, ordered chronologically with minimal text, allowing the photographs and the photographer's development to speak for themselves.
Richard Misrach is among the most influential, prolific and internationally recognized photographers working today. Desert Cantosan extensive and unique photographic exploration of place, Misrach consistently addresses political and social issues through the adaptation of different photographic strategies, even as he expands notions of traditional landscape practice, and builds a complex and poignant document of American culture. His subjects have included man-made floods and fires, military bombing ranges, mass graves of dead animals, sublime night skies and details of paintings housed in the museums of the Southwest. Misrachs publication, Chronologies, is a compelling study of the photographers process over the past 30 years. Stripped of their original context, the photographs presented in chronological order illuminate how the photographer thinks and works. Through fits and starts, reiterations and detours, the work evolves and matures, weaving in and out of the series for which Misrach has become known. Side-by-side, classic images and never-before-seen pictures flesh out the photographers logic and complicate it at the same time. Ultimately, Chronologies is about time: The span of 30 years, the importance of time in each photograph, the chronology of a life within its time, and the book itself as a timepiece.