Fotovision Lecture and Opening Reception for Bill Owens's "Suburbia"

Lecture | September 14 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  North Gate Hall

 Graduate School of Journalism, Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography

Bill Owens’s landmark documentary project and book "Suburbia" from the 1970s met with immediate success for its keen observation of middle-class America. Owens had recorded a generational phenomenon: the rapid migration of inner-city apartment dwellers to affordable, newly produced homes in Livermore, California. He realized that this wasn’t simply a demographic shift but a psychological one. Social critics had mocked the suburbs for their apparent conformity and spiritual emptiness. But Owens respected the liberation that many suburbanites felt, and their determination to build better lives.

Initially presented in a volume entitled, "Suburbia," they have since been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and North America and become the classic photographic description of the American suburban dream.

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is proud to re-explore these images in a special exhibit on the occasion of Bill’s 80th birthday.

Reception & Book Signing
5:30-7:00 p.m.
North Gate Hall Courtyard

Fotovision Lecture
Bill Owens in conversation with Prof. Ken Light
7:00-8:30 p.m.
North Gate Hall Room 105