Apr 30, 2021
Apr 30, 2021

The middle class has no taste for art! I am not a great artist, but people think I am because I have long hair. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Leisure

The middle class has no taste for art! I am not a great artist, but people think I am because I have long hair. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

1976, printed later

Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 16.3 x 20.9 cm (6 7/16 x 8 1/4 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.1 cm (7 15/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2020.326

Location

Did you know?

Watching television was the most popular American leisure pastime in the 1970s.

Description

Bill Owens began photographing while taking a visual anthropology course in college. He continued his systematic observation of human behavior and social structures as a staff photographer for a local newspaper and in personal photographic projects shot on the weekends. Leisure was the fourth such project, begun in the 1970s but not published in book form until 2004.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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