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Bill Owens (b. 1938)

Untitled, n.d.

gelatin silver print

When photojournalist Bill Owens' book Suburbia came out in 1973, it became a sensation and struck a nerve. Life in cities, towns and rural environments had been documentary subjects many times before . . . but the suburbs? Owens went into the living rooms, bedrooms and back yards to reveal daily life in a planned San Francisco community in disarming detail; the result, for readers and critics, was some serious soul-searching in regard to the suburban American dream. Owens' subsequent influence on portraiture was great. He published other books, and his photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in many museum collections.