Sam Richardson Catherine Opie photography 2020 pandemic Sam Richardson Catherine Opie

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Catherine Opie: I met Sam over a series of phone calls in 2018 when she was considering U.C.L.A. for grad school. I was the head of the photography program, and there were only three spots.

When I look at a potential student’s work, I want to see that they’re having a conversation with ideas, and with the history of photography.

Hopefully, I can be another voice in that conversation. Sam Richardson: Cathy was kind, open and very present. She asked me about myself and my practice, and we discovered we had a lot in common.

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