Richard Misrach
[Photographer, b. 1949, Los Angeles, lives in San Francisco.]

 I think this is the most exciting time in the history of photography. Technology is expanding what photographers can do, like the microscope and the telescope expanded what scientists could do. 
 ... despite the limitations and problems inherent to photographic representation (and especially the representation of politics), it remains for me the most powerful and engaging medium today—one central to the development of cultural dialogue. 
 Perhaps the real impulse that eventually translated into picturing things comes from my father’s wild enthusiasm for everything observed: “That’s the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen,” “That is the most beautiful tree I have ever seen,” and so forth. I nicknamed him hyperbolic Bob. 
 Probably the strongest criticism leveled at my work is that I’m making “poetry of the holocaust.” But I’ve come to believe that beauty can be a very powerful conveyor of difficult ideas. It engages people when they might otherwise look away. 
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