Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Bill Owens On Suburbia
One of my earliest photo book memories is discovering the sublime black & white photography of Bill Owens and his 1972 book "Suburbia." It revolutionized the way I thought about photography—that someone could so painstakingly document mundane suburban life, the life that I came from, was mind-blowing. Photography need not take place in exotic locations across the globe. Everything, when looked at critically and considered with a photographer's eye, is fodder for outstanding photographs—that's what this book taught me. If you haven't seen "Suburbia" for yourself, I highly recommend that you seek out a copy. In the meantime, visit this interview with photographer Bill Owens via the American Suburb X web site. Conducted in 2005, it provides 30 years worth of perspective on the fairly groundbreaking work, including how Mr. Owens is still photographing contemporary of suburbia to this day.