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Master Thesis

Richard Misrach’s Landscape Photography : (Re)Framing the American Disaster

Abstract : The photographic work of Richard Misrach (1949-....) explores the manners man and nature intertwine and collide in the American landscape. While producing highly aesthetic photographs through the development of colour photography and large-scale formats, Misrach is perceived as having politicised landscape photography. From bombing ranges to petrochemical pollution, he repeatedly captured occurrences of disasters. This dissertation is an attempt at analysing Misrach’s landscape photography through the paradigm of disaster in its contemporary acceptation as being man-made and media-borne (Isak Holm). Misrach’s multi-faceted approach provides peculiar transcriptions of disaster by standing aside, taking a step back, as opposed to traditional subject matters in landscape photography and instantaneous media coverage. His recreation and remediation of the experience of disaster unfolding through time, space and senses turn into an aesthetic and contemplative experience which allows for a reframing of disaster’s representations and creates space for new disaster narratives. This study is centred on four series: Desert Cantos (1979-present), 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath (1991), Destroy this Memory (2005) and Petrochemical America (1998-2010).
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Léna Ferrié. Richard Misrach’s Landscape Photography : (Re)Framing the American Disaster. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2021. ⟨dumas-03329550⟩



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