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Bill Owens
Title : Bill Owens
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ISBN : 9788862080170
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 223

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 cA 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 rare


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Bill Owens Reviews

  • Jonathan Allen

    Got this on ebay for a couple of quid. I was well pleased. I knew the Altamont photos of the Hells angels beating some unseen person with sawn off pool cues, but had only seen one or two of the Suburbia shots before. Really good stuff. He has an obvious empathy with his subjects, and comes across as more involved than say, Martin Parr does. (Parr's intention s different I know, but the choice of subject matter invites the comparison) I think it is because he is a product of the same suburbia he [...]

  • Tom Romig

    Despite a lurking Blue Velvet feel to the photographs, Bill Owens never mocks or ridicules. Irony abounds, yes, but irony is a useful tool for understanding and appreciating the zany sprawl of American life. Owens is an anthropologist with a camera--penetrating, surprising, honest, and engaging. The book opens with an appropriately suburban story by A.M. Homes (which, strangely, is riddled with punctuation errors), and closes with two short essays, one by Owens on the Altamont assignment that bo [...]