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Words Matter – Robert Koch Gallery

February 19th – May 2, 2015
Opening Reception: March 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Photographer, Brew Master, Publisher: Bill Owens Comes Full Circle

by Doug Lang published at artagogo.com

Bill Owens gained notoriety for his 1973 photo essay “Suburbia”, but photography wasn’t paying the bills. So, in 1982, Owens sold most of his camera equipment and tucked the photographs from “Suburbia” under his bed. Owens parlayed his hobby as a brewer into one of California’s first brew pubs, and later launched “American Brewer Magazine” which he runs today.

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BILL OWENS – ANTHOLOGY

Interview by Claudia Zanf at GALLERIA CARLA SOZZANI, Milan, Italy

For the first time in Italy an anthological exhibition dedicated to the American photographer Bill Owens, which permits the vision of the complete cycle of works regarding the American middle class life style, realized from the beginning of the Seventies till now. The photos exposed belong to the most revealing nucleus of Owens pursuit, form the first images realized in California in 1966-67, during cultural riots in the ’68, at the first Rolling Stones concert, over the Suburbia cycles of 1972 to Our kind of people of 1976, to Working (I do it for money) of 1978, as far as the big fresco of the free time with the title Leisure: Americans at Play.

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Suburban Windows – An Interview With Bill Owens

By Tim Hildebrand (from Darkroom Magazine)

Ten years ago, Bill Owens’s book Suburbia was released to rave reviews across America. Rather than being a cynical outsider’s view of the suburbs, it was a warm and honest look into the lives and homes of America’s middle class. Since then, he has produced five more books and received a Guggenheim fellowship and four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. But now, with a decade’s worth of critical acclaim under his
belt, but little money in his pocket, he’s tired of being a “starving artist.”

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