One of the most influential photographers of his generation, Richard Misrach embraces new techniques and his profound social conscience has produced a body of work of remarkable breadth and meaning. In the 1970’s, Misrach helped pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large-scale presentation that are in widespread practice today. Among his most notable projects are his documentation of the industrial corridor along the Mississippi River known as Cancer Alley, the study of weather, time, color and light in his serial photographs of the Golden Gate, and On the Beach, an aerial perspective of human interaction and isolation. Recently, he built a powerful narrative out of images of graffiti produced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and in fall 2011, the series “Oakland Fire” was presented at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of California, concurrently. Misrach has had one-person exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, amongst others.
Steven Winn is a freelance writer and critic who spent 28 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, the last six as the paper’s Arts and Culture Critic. His work has appeared in California, Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated and other publications. His memoir, Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog, was published in 2009.