Catherine Opie, Untitled #9, 2013, ©Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects Los Angeles

Catherine Opie: Installation and Opening Night Honoree

Catherine Opie was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1961. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985 and an MFA from CalArts, Los Angeles in 1988. Opie has become one of America's premier documentarians, photographing the American landscape-from its Alaskan glaciers to its suburban freeways-as frequently as she images its citizens. Opie's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Select solo exhibitions include Catherine Opie: Empty and Full at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011). Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2010), Catherine Opie: American Photographer at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008), and Catherine Opie: Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2006).

Opie was the 2013 recipient of the Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award, and the President's Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Women's Caucus for Art in 2009. Opie was awarded a United States Artists Fellowship in 2006. She has taught at Yale University and is currently a professor of photography at the University of California in Los Angeles. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

"Point of View" Program Space, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, photo la 2013

Point of View: Selections from Los Angeles Collections

The city of Los Angeles is known for its long history associated with the visual arts. It has become an international artistic hub with an incredible and ever-growing collector base for fine art photography.

From the development of movies into cinema, the city has become a thriving engine for contemporary artists that pull inspiration from L.A. 's dynamic visual industries. The role of the collector is not only a major influence on an artists life, it is also a statement both personal and public on what is important about the work.

The selected collectors in Point of View speak to the vibrancy and variety of the collecting experience. We hope they will resonate with viewers and inspire their own collecting.