Catherine Opie is an American fine-art photographer. She was born in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1961 and now based in West Adams, Los Angeles.
Early Life and Education
At an early age, she discovered the work of photographer Lewis Hine, who documented the plight of child laborers at the turn of the 20th century. At the age of nine she received a Kodak Instamatic camera, in which she used to capture her family and community.
In 1985 she received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and in 1988 she completed a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.
Opie is currently a tenured professor of photography at University of California at Los Angeles. Opie studies the relationships between mainstream and infrequent society, with a large emphasis on sexual identity, specializing in portraiture, studio, and landscape photography. After receiving her MFA in 1988 Opie moved to Los Angeles, California and began working as an artist. She was also working as a lab technician at the University of California, Irvine.
Opie and her companion, painter Julie Burleigh, constructed working studios in the backyard of their home in South Central Los Angeles.
Through photography Opie documents the connections between the individual and the space inhabited.
Marciano Art Foundation happy to host Catherine Opie ’s works