Catherine OpieWith essays by Hilton Als, Douglas Fogle, Helen Molesworth, and Elizabeth A. T. Smith, and an interview by Charlotte Cotton

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Long awaited, the first survey of the work of one of America's foremost contemporary fine art photographers

For almost 40 years, Catherine Opie has been documenting with psychological acuity the cultural and geographic identity of contemporary America. This unique artist monograph presents a compelling visual narrative of Opie's work since the early 1980s, pairing images across bodies of work to form a full picture of her artistic vision. With more than 300 beautiful illustrations and made in close collaboration with Opie, the book marks a turning point in the consideration of this artist's work to date.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 323 × 275 mm (12 3/4 × 10 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 338 pp
  • Illustrations: 300 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838662189

Hilton Als is a New York-based writer and theater critic.

Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator and author of several books on photography including The Photograph as Contemporary Art.

Douglas Fogle is an independent curator based in Los Angeles.

Helen Molesworth is a curator and writer.

Elizabeth A. T. Smith is executive director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

"[This book is] dedicated to Opie's life and work across her entire career." – Financial Times

"Long-awaited." – i-D

"Over 200 images made over the past 40 years from a wide array of series that reveal the innate humanity we all share." – DAZED

"Few other photographers have documented contemporary America more acutely or incisively than Catherine Opie. This monograph presents over 300 images encompassing the 1980s to today." – The Art Newspaper

"This hotly-anticipated tome offers a window into the iconic, subversive and poignant world of a true maverick in visual storytelling." – Wallpaper*

"Occupying a space between critical thinking and critical feeling, the book animates how photographs move through time, how they are imbued with history and how they reflect the work that still needs to be done." – 1854

"A dynamic visual narrative." – The Messy Truth Podcast

"Readers are invited to consider Opie's distinctly American vision." – Bookforum

"Looking at this much of Catherine Opie's photography can feel like having your vision questioned, like learning to see better." – LensCulture

"[Catherine Opie] serves as a reminder of all the reasons the Los Angeles-based photographer is one of the most radical and sharp-eyed artists of this century." – Interview 

"If you don't know the work of Catherine Opie, her new self-titled book by Phaidon is a great place to start." – BuzzFeed

“Essential for those interested in Opie’s work.” – Library Journal