Apr 30, 2019
Apr 30, 2019

Camera Salesman (Man with Fake Newspapers), San Francisco, California


Camera Salesman (Man with Fake Newspapers), San Francisco, California


Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 20 x 25.2 cm (7 7/8 x 9 15/16 in.); Image: 16 x 20.2 cm (6 5/16 x 7 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2019.302


Did you know?

There was a serious decline in job satisfaction in America in the last half of the 1970s.


In his examination of people’s attitudes towards their jobs, Owens gives us the subjects’ own words to accompany his images of them. The series was not as much a critique as a mirror that allowed people some distance from which to view their situation. This and his other projects conveyed both the comfort of suburban middle-class life and an undercurrent of dissatisfaction and disillusionment with it.

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