Petrochemical America Project Room

  • Publication / Exhibition

PETROCHEMICAL AMERICA (Aperture Foundation, 2012) represents a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and landscape architect Kate Orff. It brings into focus the industrialized landscape of the Mississippi River Corridor that stretches from Baton Rouge to New Orleans – a place that first garnered attention as “Cancer Alley” because of unusually high reports of cancer and other diseases in the area. The Project Room exhibition reveals traces of their collaborative process and features Misrach’s haunting photographs of the region and Orff’s Ecological Atlas, a series of visual narratives, or “throughlines.” Ultimately, this joint enterprise offers an expansion of both disciplines and a richly researched and concretely visualized study of the petrochemical industry and American culture, which has become intricately intertwined with its output. The traveling exhibition has been displayed in New York, Palo Alto, Minneapolis, Berkeley, Boston, and New York. Read more about the publication here.


Richard Misrach
Aperature Press
Bob Aufuldish