May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021

My father came from Japan in the 1920s because America was the land of opportunity. During World War II we were interned in Utah and had to sacrifice the farm. It has taken thirty years to build up this vegetable farm to seventy acres with eleven men hel

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My father came from Japan in the 1920s because America was the land of opportunity. During World War II we were interned in Utah and had to sacrifice the farm. It has taken thirty years to build up this vegetable farm to seventy acres with eleven men helping me. My son doesn't want to farm—it's hard work with little money. He works in the Blue Chip redemption center. Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

1975

Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 17.5 x 21.3 cm (6 7/8 x 8 3/8 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2019.286

Location

Did you know?

There was a serious decline in job satisfaction in America in the last half of the 1970s.

Description

In his examination of people’s attitudes towards their jobs, Owens gives us the subjects’ own words to accompany his images of them. The series was not as much a critique as a mirror that allowed people some distance from which to view their situation. This and his other projects conveyed both the comfort of suburban middle-class life and an undercurrent of dissatisfaction and disillusionment with it.

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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