America fast forward - No photo album is more symbolic of "the American way of life' than Suburbia by Bill Owens (1938 San Jose, California) published in 1973. It is a visual report of the social revolution that took place after World War II, when middle class America started moving in huge numbers from the busy city centres to the suburbs. Suburbia is the work of an insider, for Bill Owens himself moved to one of these prefab suburbs in the early seventies, a young newly wed pioneer.
About the artist
Owens first started to pursue photography during a trip to Jamaica as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1964. Upon his return to the USA two years later, he enrolled in a visual anthropology course. His documentary style is inspired by the photographers of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in 1930 America, such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.