Photographer Richard Misrach will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts and Communication's Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk, "Forty Years of Photography," will be held in Room 128 at the Learning Innovation Center, 165 SW Sackett Place, Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, near the innovation center, 220 SW 26th St.

For four decades, Misrach has been a significant and influential photographer of the American landscape. Known as a pioneer of the 1970s renaissance of color photography and large scale presentation that are still practiced today, Misrach is also known for the monumental epic, “Desert Cantos,” a multifaceted study of people’s political, cultural and environmental relationship to the natural world.

In his talk, Misrach will provide a general overview of the last 40 years of work with an emphasis on several recent series. He will speak about "Border Cantos," his collaboration with composer Guillermo Galindo, focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border, and his two current projects about the election.

Misrach’s talk is being presented in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators’ Northwest Regional Conference taking place on the OSU campus Oct. 20-21.