“I have always been attracted to vast, barren, empty landscapes,” writes Richard Misrach. “But I’ve avoided photographing the more spectacular places, like the rocky high altitudes of Utah or New Mexico, or in national parks. Those sites are just too pretty.”There is nevertheless great beauty to be found in his compositions, as the latest instalment in Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series proves. Part retrospective, part memoir, the book explores five decades of the US photographer’s creative process: from his early portraits of the homeless population of Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley to the pollution of the Mississippi and the vast desert shots for which he is best known, Misrach effortlessly coaxes elegance from difficulty and resilience.‘Richard Misrach on Landscape and Meaning’ is published by Aperture