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NXEL GROVE Bill Owens, portrait of ordinary people, exposes Ordinary Folks (normal types). Since since five decades documented the reality of the EE UU suburbs. Find your models by consulting the yellow pages for professions. Normal people doing normal things. Bill Owens (1938) takes photography with documentary moods and with no artistic or aesthetic claim. Theirs is to portray the American middle class as it is.

Owens, who exposes his series Ordinary Folks (normal types) in the San Jose Art Museum (California, EE UU), is one of the photographers of the movement called New topography (new topography), photojournalists who decided to show the way of life of the class with realism from the seventies of the 20th century average in large slum housing developments built outside the cities, in the post World War II housing boom. Caiforniano of pure strain (born in San Jose) and raised in Sacramento, Owens went to mechanic, but started almost inadvertently to take photos as a freelancer for some newspapers about the way of life for himself and his friends. He soon gained recognition and published three books, Suburbia (1972), Our Kind of People and Working: I Do It For The Money (1976). For last, dedicated to portraits, without artifice and almost always fronts, workers in all trades, was inspired and sought models through the classified ads in the yellow pages of the telephone directories. Owens is a visual anthropologist the organizers of the exhibition Ordinary Folks, it brings together fifty works from all eras of Owens, highlights his photographic behavior and the link to a visual anthropologist. Source of the news: looking for models in the yellow pages of the Guide.