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Richard Misrach: Destroy This Memory Hardcover – September 30, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Edition edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597111635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111638
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 11.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Haunting is one way to describe page-after-page of what appear to be messages from ghosts. But the captionless images are also downright sad, infuriating - in some cases, darkly humorous." --NPR's The Picture Show, Claire O'Neill, 17-Aug-10

"'Destroy This Memory' is a raw testament, shot between October and December 2005, just after the waters began to recede but the emotions had certainly not. Without captions or contextual introduction to detract from the potency of the photographs themselves, the book is a powerful document allowing survivors to speak eloquently for themselves - even in absentia. New Orleans, its essence, doesn't just permeate these images; it's a force that's palpable and fully present tense." --Los Angeles Times, Lynell George, 5-Sept-10

"Richard Misrach's new Destroy This Memory...will ruin your day and it will make it better. It demonstrates that post-Katrina books and photographic projects should not be lumped together as one thing. Consider Misrach's book an affirmation that artists can bring strikingly different, equally valuable points-of-view to the same subject and that their contributions to story-telling and creating our collective memory are every bit as valuable as journalism or oral history." --ARTINFO.com, Tyler Green, 8-Sept-10

"Among the many documentary records of Katrina's devastation, Misrach's images form a distinct and provocative subcategory...The photos--which are entirely devoid of people--don't just provide the now-familiar account of ruined homes and strewn debris, but also give pungent, poetic voice to the absent inhabitants." --Book Forum, Albert Mobilio, Sept/Oct/Nov-10

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Dawson on October 3, 2010
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I've been a Richard Misrach fan for some time now, ever since he had an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston about ten years ago. In that exhibit, Misrach's large-format photographs were stunning. This collection of photographs from New Orleans also was exhibited in Houston, and, unlike his previous work, these photographs are relatively small in size. In fact, the reproductions in this book are not much smaller than the actual photographs themselves. With this book, you can take your time appreciating these photographs in the comfort of your home, knowing that the experience is just as good as seeing the work in a museum. The book is a high-quality construction, and the photographs are reproduced with good color and clarity. I would've appreciated more editorial content in the book, but that's a small complaint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on November 13, 2010
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This is a beautiful, large format book from Richard Misrach. If you are familiar with Misrach's previous work this group of photos is a bit of a surprise as they are all urban landscapes that feel more at home with Soth or Shore. There are no wide landscapes or seascapes. These photos capture houses and buildings in the wake of hurricane Katrina with messages left behind. Great images, but it will be interesting to see if this is Misrach's new direction or a one-off project (I suspect the latter). The production values are all excellent. Recommended.
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