Photographer Richard Misrach and Landscape Architect Kate Orff of SCAPE Studio have collaborated on a book, newly out on Aperture. Petrochemical America features the landscape of Louisiana along the Mississippi, in which quintessential southern communities neighbor ground zero for the country’s petrochemical industry.
The book pairs Richard’s site photographs from Cancer Alley with Kate’s “ecological atlas,” a set of analytical maps and diagrams that bridge Richard’s specific, local images to larger environmental and economic systems and timelines. Read a long-form interview where they discuss their collaboration here.
In addition to analysis, Kate’s team also assembles a glossary of concepts for change. Although the exhibit is now closed in Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, you can buy the book from Aperture.
See also Kate’s TED talk about oyster-tecture in the Gowanus Canal.