Los Angeles photograph Richard Misrach, who has often made the American West the subject of his photographs (particularly in his desert series, as well as his Golden Gate Bridge series, and his series Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West), has a new set of photographs making the museum rounds, On the Beach. I caught up with the exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta, and the photographs are well-worth thinking about in the context of representations of American landscapes (particularly western landscapes) as well as in the context of responses to 9-11, as Misrach began the series in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001.
The location of the photographs is Hawaii, and they were taken from the perspective of Misrach’s hotel room balcony. The prints themselves are very large (up to 6 by 10–feet!), so the small image below really doesn’t do justice to the full impact of the photographs.
This detail from another of the photographs conveys some of the eeriness of the images.
So, if you should find your way to Atlanta, or if the photographs end up at a nearby museum, I highly recommend the exhibition.