Bay seniors are free to argue with me but I regard Berkeleyan Richard Misrach as the country’s greatest living photographer. You can judge for yourself in his current exhibit at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center through June 16. The subject matter is disturbing – environmental damage done in the oil drenched bayous of Louisiana- but the oversized images are beautifully lit and proportioned. It’s a disturbing dichotomy but leaves no doubt that the man is a master. Admission is free. This is the same photographer who had the nerve to actually reinvigorate our greatest visual cliché a few years ago in a series on the Golden Gate Bridge.

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