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Bill Owens

Untitled from "Working", 1971c/1971c

Silver print unmounted
6 1/2 × 8 3/8 in
16.5 × 21.3 cm
This is a unique work.
$2,500
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Bill Owens
American, b. 1938
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Bill Owens has been chronicling middle-class American life in color and black-and-white photographs since the late 1960s. “Turn me loose on the middle class,” he once declared. “I understand the culture. I speak the language. Let me exploit them!” Owens focuses especially on suburbia, documenting how its residents construct their lives. Inspired by such master documentarians as Lewis Hine, Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange, he approaches the rituals and pastimes of suburbia with an anthropologist’s eye, aiming to consistently communicate with his subjects directly and with sensitivity. Owens’s other well-known bodies of work include his photographs of people at work and at leisure. Youth culture has also held Owens in its sway, and he has captured its unbounded energy in his photographs of political demonstrations, riots, and rock festivals.

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Bill Owens
American, b. 1938
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Bill Owens has been chronicling middle-class American life in color and black-and-white photographs since the late 1960s. “Turn me loose on the middle class,” he once declared. “I understand the culture. I speak the language. Let me exploit them!” Owens focuses especially on suburbia, documenting how its residents construct their lives. Inspired by such master documentarians as Lewis Hine, Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange, he approaches the rituals and pastimes of suburbia with an anthropologist’s eye, aiming to consistently communicate with his subjects directly and with sensitivity. Owens’s other well-known bodies of work include his photographs of people at work and at leisure. Youth culture has also held Owens in its sway, and he has captured its unbounded energy in his photographs of political demonstrations, riots, and rock festivals.

Bill Owens

Untitled from "Working", 1971c/1971c

Silver print unmounted
6 1/2 × 8 3/8 in
16.5 × 21.3 cm
This is a unique work.
$2,500
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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