1991. The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath. Blind Spot Series 02. Photographs by Richard Misrach. Blind Spot, 2011. 48 pp. Large quarto (13.25 x 12.75 in./33.5 x 32.5 cm) Limited edition of 100 SIGNED and hand-numbered copies. Clothbound with color print tipped onto cover (the limited edition has a variant cover image from the regular edition of 1000) . No jacket as issued. Cloth clam shell case with debossed title. 40 color reproductions.
Petrochemical America. Photographs by Richard Misrach & Kate Orff.
Aperture, New York, 2012. 240 pp. Large oblong quarto (13.5 x 10.5/33 x 26.5 cm). Clothbound Photo-illustrated boards. No jacket as issued. 150 color reproductions.
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Rebecca Senf, Natasha Egan and Melanie McWhorter.
"In October 1991, immediately following the catastrophic firestorm which struck the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, Richard Misrach (American, b. 1949), ventured into the fire zone with his 8 x 10-inch view camera. Misrach roamed the devastated area, recording both stark vistas and intimate details of destroyed homes. Out of respect for the victims of the fire—which killed twenty-five people, injured 150 others, and destroyed nearly three thousand homes-Misrach’s images have remained mostly unexhibited for the last twenty years. '1991' will be published on the 20th anniversary of the tragic fire, concurrent with the opening of simultaneous San Francisco Bay Area exhibitions at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and The Oakland Museum of California.
Blind Spot Series is a new series of limited-run artist books. These small-format monographs present a suite of images from a single body of work. Series books are limited to 1,000 copies."--Blind Spot
"Petrochemical America offers an in-depth analysis of the causes of sustained environmental abuse along the largest river system in North America. It combines Richard Misrach’s haunting photographs of Louisiana’s “Chemical Corridor” with landscape architect Kate Orff’s “Ecological Atlas”-a series of speculative drawings developed through intensive research and mapping of data from the region. Misrach and Orff’s joint effort depicts and unpacks the complex cultural, physical and economic ecologies of a particular region along 150 miles of the Mississippi River, from Baton Rouge to New Orleans-an area of intense chemical production that became known as “Cancer Alley” when unusually high occurrences of the disease were discovered in the region. This revelatory collaboration has resulted in a complex document and an extensively researched guidebook to the ways in which the petrochemical industry has permeated every facet of contemporary life. However complicated by the region’s own histories and particularities, “Cancer Alley” may well be an apt metaphor for the global impact of petrochemicals on the human landscape as a whole."--the publisher