Hazardous Waste Containment Site, Dow Chemical Corporation, Mississippi River, Plaquemine, Louisiana


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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In 1998 the High commissioned California-based photographer Richard Misrach to create a body of work as part of its Picturing the South series. Misrach chose to study the ecological degradation of a passage of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans—an area where a number of petrochemical industries are based that is sometimes referred to as Cancer Alley. These photographs challenge viewers with environmental and political concerns while seducing them with evocative and lyrically beautiful large-scale prints. Here Misrach captures a flooded hazardous waste containment site that is as atmospheric as it is troubling.

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