The Photograph Five

Richard Misrach

September 30, 2022

Richard Misrach has made photographs along the Mexican-American border since 2004, pictures of the landscape and objects left behind by migrants. The traveling exhibition Border Cantos / Sonic Border, with photographs by Misrach and sound-generating sculptures by Mexican-American sculptor and composer Guillermo Galindo, is on view through October 24 at the Asheville Art Museum. It’s the latest chapter in Misrach’s ongoing project Desert Cantos, a meditation on place and our complex relationship to it.

Misrach responded to five questions from photograph.

Name a photograph that brings you joy.
Any of my grandson.

Favorite photo book?
Diane Arbus: Documents. Extraordinary (!) new publication, published by David Zwirner Books and Fraenkel Gallery.

Diane Arbus Documents, Fraenkel Gallery & David Zwirner Books

Last exhibition you saw?
Peter Hujar curated by Sir Elton John at Fraenkel Gallery [through October 22].

Peter Hujar, Beauregard’s Dog Pilar, 1983. © 2022 The Peter Hujar Archive, LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Favorite museum?
Every single one.  In this current challenging moment, there is something crucial, heartening, and magical that happens looking at art in that special space we call a museum.

Favorite work of art that’s not a photograph?
Again, an impossible task to pick just one, but the Diego Rivera mural, entitled Pan American Unity, up at SFMOMA, is a current favorite. 

Diego Rivera, The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on This Continent, also known as Pan American Unity, 1940. Courtesy City College of San Francisco, © Banco de México Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico City / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Image: Cultural Heritage Imaging