May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021

Girl Scout Troop 832 Ceremony, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

Our Kind of People

Girl Scout Troop 832 Ceremony, Tri-Valley Area, Northern California


Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 14.1 x 20.9 cm (5 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.); Paper: 20.1 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2019.283


Did you know?

Visiting the United States in the 1830s, French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville observed that Americans “were forever forming associations.”


Owens’s project Our Kind of People, shot mostly in the 1970s, explored American groups and rituals ranging from the Girl Scouts to Halloween parties in his native Northern California. With club membership declining today in America, the kind of formal and informal associations documented by Owens are now an endangered species.

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