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Bill Owens

James Cohan Gallery | Chelsea

Add another name to the growing list of 1970s American photographers recently “rediscovered” by the contemporary art world. You could say that this resurgence began with 303 Gallery’s exhibition of Stephen Shore’s photographs in 2000. That show, Shore’s first New York solo exhibition in five years, put his dusty road pictures and poignant slices of rural ennui (abandoned drive-in theaters, expansive skies over desolate byways) in a new, hipper context. The tendency has continued with a reinvigorated market for William Eggleston and the reemergence of other prominent figures from the period, including Robert Adams, Mitch Epstein, Joel Sternfeld, and Mary Ellen Mark. And now, California-based photographer Bill Owens has earned his own moment in the sun.

Owens’s book Suburbia, first published in 1973, sold over fifty thousand copies and put this Livermore Independent news photographer on the

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