Five Decades of Bill Owens

Bill Owens: 5 Decades of Photography
Photo Central Gallery, April 17-June 18, 2009
1099 E Street, Hayward, CA [Google Map]
photocentral.org

Bill Owens is an internationally renowned photographer living in Hayward. His most famous work, Suburbia, has been exhibited in museums around the globe but it is just one part of his dynamic creative life. This exhibition is the first to feature Bill’s photographs from the Peace Corps in the sixties to the Rolling Stones at Altamont all the way to his newest video work. Bill is a vibrant “people person” who shows us our real selves with wry humor and wit. If you only see one exhibition this year-this should be the one! Learn more about Bill at: billowens.com

Important Note: Medium-sized prints are very reasonably priced at $300-500 unframed. For those on a budget there are signed Suburbia posters for $10, T-shirts for $20, and small prints for $150. The show also includes a folio of 10 prints for $900 that includes 8 silver prints and 2 color.

Books: Many people know Bill’s classic book Suburbia, but his other 1970′s books are underrated gems, especially Working (I do it for the money), and Our Kind of People: American Groups and Rituals. These two books are highly recommended, and usually available used for $10-15. Leisure is quite good, with a sprinkling of newer work. I haven’t looked at last year’s hardcover monograph entitled Bill Owens. In addition to photography, Bill is a microbrewery and craft distilling pioneer, heads up the American Distilling Institute, and has a forthcoming book on making whiskey.

Head on over to Hayward’s Parks and Rec building for what will certainly be one of the top Bay Area photography shows of the year. Hats off to Photo Central!

3 thoughts on “Five Decades of Bill Owens

  1. Sounds like a blast, but the show Fraenkel Gallery has up right now is a don’t miss too.

  2. Good point, Steve. I’ve tempered my statement slightly as the Edward Hopper show at the Frankel Gallery is important (runs until May 2nd), and the Robert Frank show that starts at SF MOMA next month is going to be exciting!

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