Top Quotes from Catherine Opie

The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.

Catherine Opie

I like that time is marked by each sunrise and sunset whether or not you actually see it.

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I go back and forth, but I never wanted to be the photographer of the gay and lesbian community. I will wave a rainbow flag proudly, but I am not a singular identity. I think a singular identity isn’t very interesting, and I’m a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that.

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Light is everything in photographs and has to be considered in all situations.

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I tried to get as far away from home as possible after I graduated from high school because I had a hard time being a kid.

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I’m very interested in the language of photography in relationship to painting.

Catherine Opie

I want to seduce my viewers and be able to hold them with the work. Much of that is done in terms of formalist ideas that I bring to the work.

Catherine Opie

I really love to drive. It’s really hard for me to be a passenger, even though I get to look around a little bit more, but I’ve gotten really good at driving and looking.

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I’m very empathic to the construction of masculinity within our culture and how we build these identities up.

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The reason I call myself a documentary photographer is the idea of how photographs contain and participate in history.

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Nature is a dream state at this point, that we almost don’t have a real relationship to it unless it’s people living off the land and killing our own food and going for it.

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One of the greatest things about being an artist is, as you get older, if you keep working hard in relationship to what you want the world to be and how you want it to become, there is a history of interesting growth that resonates with different moments in your life.

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I’m a complete supporter of Obama and kind of in love with him.

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My dad was a very conservative Republican businessman, so obviously I considered it a problem when I realized I was a lesbian.

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I always give a print to everybody I photograph, and some of my subjects have told me they have a hard time hanging them up at home.

Catherine Opie

There’s a lesbian aesthetic, just as there’s gay camp, but I don’t know if there’s such a thing as ‘lesbian art.’

Catherine Opie