catherine opie lives and works in los angeles. she was born in sandusky, ohio in 1961. she received her bfa from the san francisco art institute in 1985, and an mfa from calarts in 1988. in 2000, opie was appointed professor of fine art at yale university, and in 2001 she accepted the position of professor of photography at ucla.
catherine opie's photographs include series of portraits and american urban landscapes, ranging in format from large-scale color works to smaller black and white prints. moving from the territory of the body to the framework of the city, opie's various photographic series are linked together by a conceptual framework of cultural portraiture.
catherine opie has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. in 2008, a mid-career survey of her work, entitled, “catherine opie: american photographer,” was on view at the solomon r. guggenheim museum in new york. recent solo exhibitions have been organized by the aldrich museum in ridgefield, ct, the museum of contemporary art in chicago, the walker art center in minneapolis, the saint louis art museum, the photographers’ gallery in london, and the museum of contemporary art in los angeles.