Richard Misrach’s “Golden Gate”

Richard Misrach’s “Golden Gate”

The work of internationally acclaimed photographer, Richard Misrach, is shown regularly at Stremmel Gallery. Photographs from his esteemed Golden Gate series are continuously on view. But this series is also available as fully fledged photo book: Richard Misrach’s Golden Gate (Arena Editions, ISBN 978-1892041432, $150).

Richard Misrach has spent much of his career photographing the intersection of man and nature. He has redefined contemporary landscape photography with images of the splendor and destruction of the American West. Each of his “cantos” considers another chapter in the epic story of humankind and the land. Golden Gate offers yet another dimension to Misrach’s artistic output.

Misrach set out to photograph the bridge from a single point on his porch in Berkeley Hills, CA over a three year span. Misrach’s photography captures the crazy cloud and fog variation that can appear during the day brilliantly.

The sixty photographs reproduced here, from a series of over seven hundred, capture the opening between bay and ocean, and the famous bridge. But Misrach’s Golden Gate photographs also offer a commentary on the politics of the view – the relationship of wealth, power, and privilege at the beginning of the twenty-first century. ❚