Leisure Bill Owens

This photobook is the fourth instalment in Bill Owen's series, Suburbia, originally published in 1973. The publication presents Bill's social documentary photography capturing how American's spent their leisure time in the 60s and early 70s.

The image and text combination was one of the inspirations behind Martin Parr's Signs of the Times.

In his introduction to Leisure, photographer Gregory Crewdson writes: "Owens' photographs belong to an American aesthetic tradition of art that explores the intersection of everyday life and theatricality. Like the paintings of Edward Hopper, the photographs of Walker Evans and Diane Arbus, and the short stories of John Cheever and Raymond Carver, OwensÂ’ photographs find unexpected beauty and mystery within the American vernacular. This collision between normality and strangeness transforms the American landscape into a place of wonder and anxiety."

Fotofolio, 2004
h260 x w260 mm
120 pages
Introduction by Gregory Crewdson


Leisure Bill Owens Introduction by gregory Crewdson 2004 Fotofolio

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