A lot has been written about the notorious Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, where dozens of people were beaten and a black teen was killed, but so much of the language around it has been passive, exonerating.
"I enjoy cooking, dogs, cats, kids, soccer, and living here."
"No one would have predicted I would succeed at anything."
Interview by Robert Hirsch of Light Research
Bill Owens’s Suburbia (1972) is a quintessential photographic study of suburb
From the Working series
By Gregory Crewdson
A family of three carefully unfolds rolls of sod onto their barren front yard transforming it into a small domestic oasis. A man ascends a bare, undersized tree in an absurd attempt to prune its dead leave
The USA is often misdescribed as a classless society but Owens, the insider, clearly and categorically states that the subject of his interest was the middle class. The estate in the Livermore Valley was the USA in microcosm. It's inhabitants had indeed never had it so good and were keen to enjoy, and to some extent show off their new found wealth; but Owens' depiction of his contemporaries is far from fawning. On occasion it exhibits an almost surgical precision in its dissection of the minutiae of the late sixties American soul.
“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