Catherine Opie

born 1961


Catherine Sue Opie (born 1961) is an American fine-art photographer and educator. She lives and works in West Adams, Los Angeles, as a professor of photography at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Opie studies the connections between mainstream and infrequent society. By specializing in portraiture, studio and landscape photography, she is able to create pieces relating to sexual identity. Through photography, Opie, documents the relationship between the individual and the space inhabited.

She is known for her portraits exploring the Los Angeles leather-dyke community. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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