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CATHERINE SUE OPIE
[1961] American fine-art photographer
Language is a very complicated thing, and that’s one of the reasons why I like making photographs. - Catherine Sue Opie

I’m glad there is a queer, out, dyke artist that’s being called an American photographer. - Catherine Sue Opie

When we were kids, growing up in the sixties, the only images we had of ourselves were either still photographs or 8mm movies.... Now we have video, digital cameras, MP3s, and a million other ways to document ourselves. But the still photograph continues to hold a sense of mystery and awe to me. - Catherine Sue Opie

I do photograph things for people to look at 100 years from now. But we’re such a mediated society that things become historical the next day. - Catherine Sue Opie

So much of my obsession with being a documentarian comes from this deep-seated sense of the loss of time, and of how things shift so quickly. - Catherine Sue Opie

I thought it was important, if I was going to document my [sadomasochistic] community, to document myself within that community. - Catherine Sue Opie

I’m kind of a twisted social documentary photographer. - Catherine Sue Opie

I wanted to push the whole realm of beauty and elegance, but also to make people scared out of their wits. - Catherine Sue Opie

It’s a really hard thing to cover all your bases and still make photographs that challenge you as an artist. - Catherine Sue Opie

My work is always about community. But do I have to do queer work to be part of the queer community? - Catherine Sue Opie

I’ve pretty much been doing the same thing since I was nine. I was making portraits of my friends. I was making self-portraits, I was making images of the neighborhood. - Catherine Sue Opie

...things become mainstream when they become imaged over and over again. Something happens in relationship to ideas of representation that makes it more palatable or digestible. - Catherine Sue Opie

I concentrate on disturbing the devices that society imposes on variant communities to keep them “ghettoized” by class, race, sexuality, and gender. - Catherine Sue Opie

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