Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim

 

Hear how three contemporary photographers apply a panoramic approach to explore a specific city. Each photographer has taken a mode of transportation that defines the infrastructure of that city as his or her point of departure.

The photographers discuss their work through audio commentary made available on the Getty Museum’s web site, audio guide devices, and in-gallery on listening stations placed in view of the original art.

CATHERINE OPIE, LOS ANGELES

Based in Los Angeles, Catherine Opie used 7 x 17-inch film negatives to document the mini-malls that are ubiquitous in a city traversed by automobiles.

JEFF LIAO, NEW YORK

To trace the route of the number 7 subway line connecting Queens and Manhattan in New York, Jeff Liao used digital technology to combine multiple 8 x 10-inch negatives into seamless prints.

SOO KIM, REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Working with a 2 1⁄4-inch format camera in Reykjavík during the summer solstice, Soo Kim cut and layered the resulting chromogenic prints to suggest the transparency of a city characterized by pedestrian accessibility.

Design schematics for in-gallery audio listening stations and floor panels to help contextualize the photos:

PROJECT
Produced for The J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim in 2010.

FORMAT
Videos presented online, audio guide, and in-gallery listening stations.

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Producer: Paco Lin
Writer: Anne Martens
Editor: Maria Gilbert