Born 1961 – United States
Catherine Opie is best known for taking warm, intimate photographs of her queer community in Los Angeles.
Throughout her career, she’s also shot series that focus on Southern California architecture and the possessions of film star Elizabeth Taylor. In portraits and landscapes that range from naturalistic to highly stylized, Opie has captured lesbian couples, high school football players, and empty highways.
By cropping and blurring her landscapes and capturing gender expressions that transcend rote binaries, Opie has embraced the ambiguities and multiplicities of her subjects and chosen home. She has exhibited in New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen, among other cities.
Opie's work has sold for six figures at auction and can be found in the collections of the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Tate, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.