Image: Playboy #97 (Marlboro Country)
(Los Angeles, California, 1949 - )

Playboy #97 (Marlboro Country) , 1990

Chromogenic print
20 in. x 25 in. (50.8 cm x 63.5 cm)
Gift of the artist in honor of Barbara Tannenbaum
The Playboy images are part of Misrach’s thirty-year Desert Cantos series, an exploration of the Great American Desert.  Each photograph in the series shows a page from one of two shot-up issues of Playboy magazines that the artist found at a target range near an abandoned nuclear test site in Nevada.  Misrach assumed that the women on the covers were the intended targets, but found “that in the bullet’s passage through the remaining pages, other symbols of culture were randomly violated, too.  The violence that was directed specifically at the women symbolically penetrated every layer of our society.”  
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