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Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection

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Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection

Portfolio Release and Exhibition
with Artist Talk and Reception

BILL OWENS, This is our second annual Fourth of July block party. This year thirty-three families came for beer, barbequed chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, green salad, macaroni salad, and watermelon. After eating and drinking we staged our parade and fireworks.
Archival pigment print from the 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection Portfolio


October 8 – November 13, 2022

Artist Talk and Reception
Saturday, October 8, 3–6pm
at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California


Bill Owens and True North Editions celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the seminal book, Suburbia with the production of a profound limited-edition portfolio available through Scott Nichols Gallery.

Produced in partnership with and under the supervision of Bill Owens, digital remasters were created by scanning the original negatives at the highest possible resolution. All image repairs and adjustments remain faithful to the original negative and are approved by Bill Owens.

Prints in Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection were made using an Epson SureColor P7570 printer on Moab Juniper Baryta Cotton Rag 305 paper for the highest archival standards. This paper was chosen for the quality preferred by Bill Owens in reproducing his work as closely as possible to the silver gelatin papers of 1972.

Title pages and essays are printed on Epson Hotpress Bright Rag. Cover sheets featuring quotes from the subjects or titles are printed on Epson Enhanced Ultra Premium Presentation Matte.

Project concept, editing, design, and production by Geir and Kate Jordahl.


BILL OWENS, Reagan on TV.
Archival pigment print from the 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection Portfolio


Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection
36 archival pigment prints on 17″ x 22″ sheet
Edition of 8 + 2AP
See portfolio


The portfolio and traveling exhibit will be on display at the Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel from October 8 – November 13, 2022, then will travel to Norway for the Nordic Light Photographic Festival.


BILL OWENS, I don’t feel that Richie playing with guns will have a negative effect on his personality. (He already wants to be a policeman). His childhood gun-playing won’t make him into a cop-shooter, By playing with guns he learns to socialize with other children I find the neighbors who are offended by Richie’s gun, either the father hunts or their kids are the first to take Richie’s gun and go off and play with it.
Archival pigment print from the 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection Portfolio


Limited Edition Book

BILL OWENS, The Legacy of Suburbia.
Limited release by True North Editions
Edition of 100 with 4th of July Parade print


A limited-edition book, Bill Owens: The Legacy of Suburbia, Photographs 1964–2022, is available with a special print, 4th of July Parade, included. This book features images from Bill Owens’ entire career from his work in Jamaica with the Peace Corps to his current Digital Renaissance. The book is available through Scott Nichols Gallery and True North Editions in an edition of 100.


BILL OWENS, We had a ball on the fourth of July. The whole neighborhood came out for the parade.
Archival pigment print from the 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection Portfolio



BILL OWENS was born on September 25, 1938, in San Jose and lives in Hayward, California. From his travels around the globe including a Peace Corps tour in Jamaica, he developed his unique skills and aptitude as an anthropological and social photographer. His book Suburbia, one of the 100 seminal photography books of the 20th century, captured the change in his home territory with much the same spirit of the traveler that he brought to foreign places. Our Kind of People (1975), Working: I Do It For the Money (1977) and Leisure (1979), followed Suburbia. Bill Owens’ work is in museums and collections throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art NY, Berkeley Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the San Jose Museum of Art. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEA grants. Owens founded Buffalo Bill’s Brew Pub in Hayward in 1983, one of the first brewpubs to open since prohibition. In 2003, Bill Owens founded the American Distilling Institute, a professional membership organization and publishing house “to promote and defend the art and enterprise of craft distilling.” As the president of ADI, Owens has become one of the leading spokesmen of the craft distilling movement.



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BILL OWENS, Before the disolution of our marriage my husband and I owned a bar. One day, the toilet broke and we brought it home.
Archival pigment print from the 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection Portfolio

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