(American, b. 1938)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 15.5 x 21.5 cm (6 1/8 x 8 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.1 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2019.280
Visiting the United States in the 1830s, French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville observed that Americans “were forever forming associations.”
Owens’s project Our Kind of People, shot mostly in the 1970s, explored American groups and rituals ranging from the Girl Scouts to Halloween parties in his native Northern California. With club membership declining today in America, the kind of formal and informal associations documented by Owens are now an endangered species.
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