Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road

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Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is a challenging documentary project-- an "indirect portrait" of Elizabeth Taylor through her home and possessions. Though glamour and celebrity are not common themes in this American photographer's work, Opie was inspired by the possibilities this project offered--recalling William Eggleston's series on Elvis Presley's Graceland, or her own photographs of Obama's 2008 inauguration, both of which represent indirect portraits of their subjects.

The images in this moving collection were culled from photos Opie took over the course of six months, both on the grounds of and inside Taylor's home. The subjects are wildly diverse--a dog-eared remote control manual, close-ups of Taylor's enormous closets, shelves of tchotchkes and priceless works of art--telling more about Taylor's life than any "celebrity" portrait ever could. Through Opie's thoughtful curation, Taylor's home tells a poignant story and reveals the arc of a fascinating life.

- Hardcover
- 148 pages, 12 x 12 x 0.7 inches
- Illustrated throughout in color
- 2015
SKU: 30321

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