Catherine Opie (born 1961 in Sandusky, Ohio) is an American fine-art photographer. She studies the relationships between mainstream and infrequent society, specializing in portraiture, studio, and landscape photography. Through photography Opie documents the connections between the individual and the space inhabited. She lives and works in West Adams, Los Angeles. She is well known for her work of portraits exploring the Los Angeles leather-dyke community. Opie is currently a professor of photography at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).