Catherine Opie: American Photographer

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Photographer Catherine Opie provides insight into the conditions surrounding the making of the companion series Icehouses (2001) and Surfers (2003), explaining how both represent communities that form on a temporary yet recurrent basis. The works in these series explore the contingent nature of humans’ relationship with the natural landscape and, like the other photographic series in the exhibition Catherine Opie: American Photographer, underscore that “we are all together in this as a species.” Seeing the two series across from one another for the first time, Opie describes her use of unconventional composition to challenge preconceived notions about these groups of individuals brought together, however briefly, by a shared affinity.

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