Bill Owens

Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection

Bill Owens and True North Editions celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the seminal book, Suburbia with the production of a limited-edition portfolio Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection.
The thirty-six (36) images for the Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection were chosen in collaboration with Bill Owens, and all prints were approved by Bill before release.  Digital Remasters were created by scanning the original negatives at the highest possible resolution using a Heidelberg Tango Drum Scanner. All image repairs and adjustments remained faithful to the original negative and were approved by Bill Owens. Project concept, editing, design, and production were by Geir and Kate Jordahl.

Bill Owens – 50th Anniversary Suburbia Collection is printed in an edition of eight (8) on 17×22 inch paper with two (2) artist proofs and housed in a clamshell box.

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Bill Owens CARS

ALSO AVAILABLE: Bill Owens CARS. Contact True North Editions at for purchase.  “Cars” was photographed in the 1970’s and comprise rich color work as well as Owen’s signature black and white photographic style. “Cars” complements and supplements Owens’ “Suburbia,” which has been called one of the seminal photographic books of the Twentieth Century.

The Village showcases the early photographic work of Bill Owens with essays by Victoria Sheridan and Geir Jordahl. Owens unique photographic vision is best known from his book “Suburbia” published in 1973. This work was rooted in his Peace Corp experience in Jamaica from 1964-66. Mr. Owens received word of his acceptance to the Peace Corps one month after President Kennedy was assassinated. At the time he was teaching High School in San Jose, California. His tour in Jamaica was to represent our country as a schoolteacher in a country village. Before he left he purchased a $10 Leica Camera and taped up the shutter to make it operate. The village people moved him greatly and as he documented his experience he discovered his true passion and calling as a social documentary photographer. Owens has published many books over the decades. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1976) and two NEA grants. “Suburbia” has been hailed globally as one of the most important photography books of the 20th century and has been in print for 40 years, however, Owens calls his Jamaica photographs the work of his heart.

Published with the exhibition “Jamaica THEN/Cuba NOW – the photographs of Bill Owens and John Thacker” at the PhotoCentral Gallery, January 25, 2014-April 12, 2014. Contact True North Editions at