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This review is from: Petrochemical America (Hardcover)
My girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to see this exhibition at the Aperture Gallery in New York last October. The great thing about this book is that it captures the essence of the exhibition and reproduces it perfectly; so that it doesn't matter whether you saw the exhibition or not. The only thing missing is the scale of the photography (which I suppose is important!) But anyway, Richard Misrach's photography is subtle yet powerfully conveys the damage that has been done to settlements in the lower reaches of the Mississippi river. The scenes of abandonment and desolation portrayed are moving and hard-hitting. Kate Orff's diagrams are beautiful and so detailed. I spent well over ten minutes in the gallery trying to unweave all the intricate webs of her analysis of the uses of petrochemical products.
Overall this book is a wonderful reminder of the price we pay for our petrochemical world. 'Cancer alley' is a sad story for sure; but maybe it's just an unfortunate yet necessary component of twenty-first century life.