Bill Owens

Bill Owens

Photographs

by Bill Owens and Claudia Zanfi

Hardback Publication Date: 01/11/2011

  $70.00
A black-and-white photograph captures a woman, curlers in her hair and a baby in her arms, standing in a messy kitchen and saying, "How can I worry about the damned dishes when there are children dying in Vietnam?" California photographer Bill Owens is best known for his critically acclaimed series Suburbia, which was published as a monograph in 1972, and has long been considered one of the classic photo books of the era. For this influential and evocative project, Owens simply shot friends and acquaintances in his Livermore, California, neighborhood and allowed them to speak for themselves. Ordinary people had rarely been so riveting.
A comprehensive monograph, this volume consists of several sections of work from 1969 to the present, opening at the height of flower power, with images of the Beat generation, Woodstock and the protests against Vietnam. Owens has always remained intrigued by America as a subject: there follows a series of images focusing on urban America, its endless grids and homogeneous cities. In his most recent photos, many of which are in color and previously unpublished, Owens reveals how suburbia has evolved in the last 40 years--from the friendly place he captured in the 1970s to one characterized by sprawl and anonymity.
ISBN:
9788862080170
9788862080170
Category:
Photographs: collections
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-11-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Damiani
Country of origin:
Italy
Pages:
224
Dimensions (mm):
299x249x24mm
Weight:
1.82kg
Bill Owens

Born in San Jose, California, Bill Owens made his name in 1973 with Suburbia and numerous other monographs on the customs of middle-class America. A collector of folk art and pop memorabilia, Owens has dealt with subjects such as food and vintage cars. In the early 1980s Owens became a beer producer and in 1983 opened 'Buffalo Bill's Brewery'.

Three years later, he founded the first American Brewer Magazine, a periodical dedicated to beer. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Art and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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