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Richard Misrach

Petrochemical America

1998–2012

Richard Misrach, renowned for his contemporary landscapes of the American West, received a commission from the High Museum for its Picturing the South initiative in 1998. He chose to photograph the highly industrialized section of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans known as Cancer Alley.

Misrach described Cancer Alley as a “remarkable corridor of historic, cultural, and natural resources, which in the past decades has been virtually decimated by the introduction of the petro-chemical industry. Alongside restored and potentially restorable classic antebellum plantations sit over 136 behemoth industrial sites—a bizarre juxtaposition of the charming and the horrific.”

Petrochemical America
Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Hazardous Waste Containment Site, Dow Chemical Corporation, Mississippi River, Plaquemine, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Bulk Cargo Ship, Bonne Carre Spillway, near Norco, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Playground and Shell Refinery, Norco, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Exxon Refinery, from State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Abandoned Trailer, Mississippi River, Near Dow Chemical Plant, Plaquemine, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Playground and Shell Refinery, Norco, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Dead Trees, Toxic Waste Containment Site, Mississippi River, Dow Chemical Corporation, plaquemine, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Holy Rosary Cemetery and Dow Chemical Corporation (Union Carbide Complex), Taft, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Abandoned Kaiser Aluminum Plant, North Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Community Remains, Former Morrisonville Settlement, Dow Chemical Corporation, Plaquemine, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Scenic Highway, (Abandoned business and Shell Chemical Corporation), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Mary, Destrehan, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Pipeline and River Road, Donaldsonville, Louisiana, 2010
Petrochemical America
Bulk Cargo Ship (Grain), Bonne Carre Spillway, Norco, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Bonne Carre Spillway, Norco, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
“Danger”, hazardous waste containment site, Mississippi River, Dow Chemical Corporation, Plaquemine, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Holy Rosary Cemetery (Blue Mary), Taft, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Duck Weed, near St. Rose, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
Roadside Vegetation and Orion Refining Corporation, Good Hope, Louisiana, 1998
Petrochemical America
West Bank Mississippi River, Dow Chemical Corporation, Plaquemine, Louisiana, 1998
31°00'00.0"N 92°00'00.0"W

Location: Louisiana, USA

Funds: H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust - Lucinda W. Bunnen - High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund
Courtesy: Fraenkel Gallery - Pace-MacGill Gallery - Marc Selwyn Fine Arts


Posted: August 2017
Category: Photography

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