Catherine Opie: American Photographer
Video: Catherine Opie: American Photographer by Guggenheim
September 26, 2008 – January 7, 2009 you could see a big retrospective exhibition by queer American photographer Catherine Opie at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In this video from the exhibition she is speaking of her “Surfers” and “Icehouses” series, which at that time was her latest works. Catherine Opie notes that they both share the common narrative of “temporary communities,” as she calls them.
Since the early 1990s, Catherine Opie has produced a huge body of works using diverse genres as studio portraiture, landscape photography, and urban street photography to explore notions of communal, sexual, and cultural identity. She is especially known for her photos of queer communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles (1993-97) and her documentation of lesbian families (1995-98).