Catherine Opie’s Optimism

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Some of Catherine Opie’s landscape photographs once hung in the White House. Her work comprises a wide variety of subjects, including her own experiences with breastfeeding, Elizabeth Taylor’s possessions, Tea Party rallies, football players, and her lesbian S/M community. Opie tells Ariel Levy that despite the many political differences between her and her subjects, she is “an optimist in relationship to humanity” —and never, ever snarky. Levy’s Profile is called “Catherine Opie, Secret Selves.”