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Bill Owen, From the series Suburbia, 1968–72 © Bill Owens

Bill Owens

Bill Owens was born in 1938 in San José and lives and works in Hayward, California. On leaving college, he taught himself photography.

After living abroad for some time, he returned to California, where he was employed as a photo journalist at the Livermore Independent. While many photographers went afield to portray society in urban settings, Owens instead focused on middle-class life in the idyllic suburbs. These photos were published in his debut book, Suburbia (1972), and the series was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and other art spaces. Often, the images appear to be a parody of life, but Owens’ relationship to this American dream is more complex.

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