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Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim

roosevelt ave station, jackson heights
roosevelt ave station, jackson heights Image courtesy of Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Suite 1100
Los Angeles, 90049

This exhibition highlights work by three contemporary photographers, each of whom implemented a panoramic viewpoint to examine a specific urban environment. Catherine Opie (American, born 1961) created inkjet prints from scans of 7x17-inch negatives of the mini-malls that characterize Los Angeles's automobile culture. Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (Taiwanese, born 1977) digitally combined color film negatives into seamless inkjet prints for his Habitat 7 project, which traces the route of the New York subway from Queens to Manhattan. By layering hand-cut chromogenic prints made in Reykjavik at midnight during the summer solstice, Soo Kim (American, born South Korea, 1969) achieved the three-dimensional effect of a semitransparent city.

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