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Owens, Bill (Photographer); Homes, A. M. (Contributor) & Zanfi, Claudia (Editor). BILL OWENS. Bologna, Italy: Grafiche Damiani, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 223 pages. As New.

Retrospective monograph on subject. One of the most important photography books of the new century. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Grafiche Damiani: Oversize-volume format. Photographs by Bill Owens. Text by A. M. Homes and Claudia Zanfi, who also edited the book. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Bologna, Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the most comprehensive retrospective of Bill Owens' work. A good deal of it has not been published anywhere before. "Bill Owens is best-known for his critically acclaimed 'Suburbia'. Owens simply shot friends and acquaintances in his Livermore, California neighborhood and allowed them to speak for themselves. Ordinary people have rarely been so riveting. This volume consists of work from 1969 to the Present, opening at the height of Flower Power with images of the Beat Generation, Woodstock, and the protests against Vietnam. There follows a series of images focussing on urban America, its endless grids, and homogeneous cities. In his most recent photographs, many of which are in color, Owens reveals how suburbia has evolved in the last 40 years, from the friendly place he captured in the 1970's to one characterized by sprawl and anonymity" (Claudia Zanfi). Bill Owens' quirky and profoundly affecting aesthetic comes from the tension between being an insider and an outsider at the same time, from being someone who "fits right in" and is also deeply immersed in the California counter-culture that repudiated everything bourgeois and materialistic about suburban life. Perhaps the best way to describe his sensibility today is affectionate ambivalence, a rich, complex, late-modern aesthetic that also characterizes the work of Martin Parr, whose work is indebted to Owens, and indeed, as this inexhaustible collection shows, Owens anticipated by about two decades. A "must-have" title for Bill Owens and photography book collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in metallic-silver marker on the title page by Bill Owens. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Bill Owens' "Suburbia" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BILL OWENS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8862080174. $150.00

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