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Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.

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In her work, Catherine Opie has consistently focused her lens on the subcultural phenomena and the castaways of Los Angeles—lonely, mansard-roofed Beverly Hills mansions, freeway underbellies, and stark mini malls. This enlightening focus has earned the photographer Woodbury School of Architecture’s 2013 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award, in honor of which an exhibition is being held at the campus’s WUHO Gallery in Hollywood February 16–March 24 with an awards ceremony at the gallery on March 2.

The show, a kind of compact retrospective, includes work from five series the artist has produced over the last two decades: Freeways, Houses, Landscapes, In and Around Home, and Shopkeepers. Opie is the fourth photographer to have received the honor after Iwan Baan (2010), Richard Barnes (2011), and Pedro E. Guerrero (2012); she is the first female and Angeleno to have received the award.

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  House #7 (Beverly Hills) 1995, from Opie’s Houses series. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie “Cathy photographs in such a way that—just as in her portraits—you see these carefully detailed facades that express the personalities behind the houses,” says Bills.
    House #7 (Beverly Hills) 1995, from Opie’s Houses series. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie “Cathy photographs in such a way that—just as in her portraits—you see these carefully detailed facades that express the personalities behind the houses,” says Bills.
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  Untitled #34 from Freeway series, 1995. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
“Part of my interest in photography is the way the camera can be used as tool in relation to creating history—150 years from now maybe there aren’t going to be any more cars on these structures, but the structures will remain,” says Opie.
    Untitled #34 from Freeway series, 1995. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie “Part of my interest in photography is the way the camera can be used as tool in relation to creating history—150 years from now maybe there aren’t going to be any more cars on these structures, but the structures will remain,” says Opie.
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  House #11 (Beverly Hills), 1995, from Houses. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
    House #11 (Beverly Hills), 1995, from Houses. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
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  House #3 (Beverly Hills), 1995, from Houses. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
    House #3 (Beverly Hills), 1995, from Houses. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
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  Landscape #3 (Doheny Drive), 1996, from Landscapes. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
    Landscape #3 (Doheny Drive), 1996, from Landscapes. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
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  Landscape #4 (Doheny Drive), 1996, from Landscapes. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
    Landscape #4 (Doheny Drive), 1996, from Landscapes. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
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  Oliver in a Tutu, 2004, from In and Around Home. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
    Oliver in a Tutu, 2004, from In and Around Home. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
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  Tavir (Gas Station), 2011, from Shopkeepers. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
    Tavir (Gas Station), 2011, from Shopkeepers. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

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