Bill Owens was born in San Josè, California in 1938. In 1964, after the graduation in “Industrial Arts”, he has been travelling for two years between India and Jamaica. Here he becomes keen on anthropological and social photography. From 1967 he starts collaborating with various newspapers of the “Bay Area”. On the success wave obtained with Suburbia, Owens publishes in 1975 Our Kind of People dedicated to the different social organizations: political, religious, sports, scholastic groups and their rituals. In the 1977, the photos collection Working (I do it for money), a social and ironic picture, but at the same time crude about the people who works “from 9 to five”. In 1976, obtains the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and , afterwards, two scholarship of the National Endowment for the arts. From 1996 till today Bill Owens’ work was shown at the San Francisco Museum of modern Art , the San Josè Museum of Art, the Saloon of Photo in Paris, the Centre Photographic de l’Ile de France and at the Robert Koch Gallery on San Francisco, Greg Kucera in Seattle. Bill Owens is currently represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY.
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