(American, b. 1938)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 15.8 x 21.5 cm (6 1/4 x 8 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2019.278
Since 1970, more Americans have lived in suburbs than in the cities they surround.
In Suburbia, Bill Owens addresses suburban life in Northern California and the deflation of the American Dream in the 1970s. Contemporary photographer Gregory Crewdson likened Owens’s images of suburban America to the writings and pictures of Edward Hopper, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver in the way they “find unexpected beauty and mystery within the American vernacular.”
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