Born in San Jose California in 1938, Bill Owens made his mark photographing the cultural life of his Livermore neighbors. His work has become a landmark chronicle of the mid-century suburban explosion and a seminal influence for an entire generation of American photographers. Owens has enjoyed solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art (2011), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2006), and the International Center for Photography, New York (2004), and his work has been included in group exhibitions worldwide. There are seven monographs of Owens’ work, including Suburbia, 1973, Working (I Do It for the Money), 1977, and Leisure, 2004. His career began as a photographer for the Livermore independent newspaper, after which he freelanced for publications such as Life and Newsweek. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1976, and two National Endowment for the Arts awards. In 1982 he founded Buffalo Bill's Brewery and published American Brewer Magazine.
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