Picturing the South: 25 Years


Picturing the South: 25 Years


Home and Grain Elevator, Destrehan, Louisiana

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Richard Misrach, American, born 1949


1998, printed 2012


Pigmented inkjet print


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Commissioned with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, Lucinda W. Bunnen, and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

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© 1998 Richard Misrach / Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, Pace-MacGill Gallery and Marc Selwyn Fine Arts.


“Throughout Cancer Alley homes, schools, and playgrounds are situated yards from behemoth industrial complexes. Residents within a one-mile radius of factories are subjected to significant air and water pollution as well as noxious odors and industrial noise. Many communities along the River Road live in abject poverty. The quality of life in Louisiana has been rated one of the lowest in the nation. In contrast, extremely favorable taxation policies have helped draw industry to the region. One-quarter of the nation’s petrochemicals are manufactured here. The oil industry alone generates over $65 billion annually.” – Richard Misrach