AMERICANSUBURB X: THEORY: Bill Owens – "Suburbia" (2000)

Bill Owens – ‘Suburbia’ (2000)

“The photographs for Suburbia weren’t done by accident. I put together a shooting script of events that I wanted to photograph… Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Birthdays, et cetera.”

By Cynthia Morrill, Ph.D.

In 1972, while a news photog


In 1972, while a news photographer for the Livermore Independent, Bill Owens made the photographs that comprise Suburbia. Initially presented in a 1973 volume entitled, Suburbia, they have since been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and North America and become the classic photographic description of the American suburban dream.