Work by Misrach and scores of other photographers will be on view during Photo L.A., at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium from Jan. 19-21.
Photography is a dialectical art, often progressing through a sequence of apparent contradictions. Consider Richard Misrach's career.
In the early 1970s, he was photographing people on the streets of Berkeley in the wee hours of the morning. Working in the dark in that urban environment, it would have made sense to use a strobe, the way Weegee had used a flash in New York. Instead, Misrach asked his subjects to stand still in the available light for as much as a minute.