Apr 30, 2021
Apr 30, 2021

Kids with Thanksgiving Hats, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

Our Kind of People

Kids with Thanksgiving Hats, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California


Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 16.4 x 24.1 cm (6 7/16 x 9 1/2 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.3 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2020.321


Did you know?

Visiting the United States in the 1830s, French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville observed that Americans “were forever forming associations.”


Owens’ 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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