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Dead Animals #156

Richard Misrach

(Los Angeles, California, 1949 - )

1987 (printed 2001)

Chromogenic print

45 1/2 in. x 57 1/2 in. (115.57 cm x 146.05 cm)

Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media

2001.4

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“County-designated dead animal pits can be found throughout the West,” Richard Misrach explains. “They function much like trash dumps in which locals are encouraged to deposit livestock that die suddenly. The causes of the animals’ deaths are often unknown.” Misrach is reminded by these pits of the extensive animal deaths in 1953. While the Atomic Energy Commission speculated that the widespread, unexplainable animal mortality was due to drought and malnutrition, many believe the real cause to be fallout from the Upshot-Knothole nuclear tests in that year.

Marks

title, edition, signature, dates on bottom margin

Keywords
American
Animals
Color
Contemporary Art
Death
Desert
Documentary
Killing
Murder
Photography
Pollution
Violence