The following is a slide lecture, presented to the students, of contemporary photographers who directly or loosely deal with issues of identity and/or community. We also discussed aesthetic styles and perception. The lecture ended with examples of current photographic work by contemporary teenage photographers. The images included in this post are only selected samples of each artist from the full slide lecture.
Catherine Opie has used photography to represent or bring into the forefront of public awareness marginalized communities or subcultures, specifically the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) or queer community. Even though the compositions of her photographs resemble traditional portraits, the bright, saturated backgrounds and the subject matter makes the images radical, especially during the early '90s.
Catherine Opie, Chicken, 1991
Catherine Opie, Frankie, 1995
Catherine Opie, Justin Bond, 1993
Opie has also photographed other communities, such as surfers and high school football players. Her practice can generally be divided into two endeavors: portraits and landscapes. With her more recent work, photographing surfers and high school football players, she explores American identity through iconic images. With her landscape photographs, Opie is interested in how identities are shaped and defined by their surrounding architecture/environment.
Catherine Opie, Nick, 2003
Catherine Opie, Untitled #10 (Surfers), 2003
Catherine Opie, Dusty, 2007