Desert Cantos. Photographs by Richard Misrach. Essay by Reyner Banham. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1987. 120 pp. Oblong quarto. Third printing. Signed on half-title page. Stiff illustrated wrappers.. 58 color plates, 9 color figures, map.
In this now classic work, Misrach re-examined the symbolism of the American desert in a powerful series of color photographs organized into "cantos" reflecting the four elements. "Misrach's photographs are spectacular landscape views, but they are more than that. He is concerned with the desert as a wild and primordial place and with the effects of the human presence on the desert. The conclusions offered are multi-faceted: human use and habitation of the desert have resulted in a great deal of destruction of a fragile environment, but at the same time the human intrusion seems small and ultimately of little consequence."--the publisher.
Bravo 20. The Bombing of the American West. Photographs by Richard Misrach. Text by Myriam Weisang Misrach. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1990. 160 pp. Oblong quarto. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 40 color and 9 b&w illustrations.
As new in shrink wrap (shrink wrap with a couple of tears to rear).