by Bill Owens
Archival Pigment Print on Baryta Hahnemühle paper
From the series 'Leisure'
Image Size 17.2 x 22.3 cm
Print Size with Matte 30 x 39 cm
Edition of 60, signed & numbered
Starting out as a staff photographer for the Livermore Independent in 1967, Bill Owens (San Jose, CA, 1938) photographed the working-class residents of his hometown in his free time, which would become the first photographs in his Suburbia series.
Owens’ Suburbia was an immediate hit when it was published in 1973, selling an impressive 50,000 copies in three editions. It has since been recognized as one of the 101 most important photography books of the twentieth century.
His documentary style is inspired by the photographers of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in 1930’s America, such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.
These two works "Altamont" and "Primadonna Reno" are seminal photographs from Owens' oeuvre, they are of an edition of 60 and come signed by the artist, numbered and unframed alongside a signed copy of the book titled Bill Owens.