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BILL OWENS
The reality of my publishing experience is expressed in this book. I both love it and hate at the same time, as publishing has opened doors for me and at the same time blocked off other avenues for success. For example, because I publish “documentary” books I’m not considered a photographic artist and my prints are generally not collected by museums and individuals. The kind of photographs I do are not pretty pictures for the walls of your home, but instead say something about the walls of your home. - Bill Owens - Bill Owens, Introduction, Publish Your Photo Book: A Guide to Self Publishing by Bill Owens , ISBN: 0960246207 , Page: 3
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In the 1930’s – 40’s commercial photographers were considered the artists of their times. The scene shifted in the 1950’s – 60’s and the photojournalists who worked for Life and Look magazines were the most celebrated photographic artists. Today photojournalists are no longer in demand to tell us about the world, because TV does it with the evening news. Mass media magazines now use photographers to illustrate stories on movie stars, sports and newsmakers and are no longer the creative galleries for commercial and editorial photography. - Bill Owens, Publish Your Photo Book: A Guide to Self Publishing by Bill Owens , ISBN: 0960246207 , Page: 7
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..working forty hours a week for a large newspaper leaves one with little time to develop one’s own ideas or picture stories. A news photographer can become so busy that he has no time to do photography. - Bill Owens, Documentary photography: A personal view (Addison House photographic survival kit) by Bill Owens , ISBN: 0891690379 , Page: 12
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When someone sees me with a camera that weights almost ten pounds, he assumes immediately that I’m a serious photographer. - Bill Owens, Documentary photography: A personal view (Addison House photographic survival kit) by Bill Owens , ISBN: 0891690379 , Page: 34
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If a documentary photograph is to have any life in it, it’s very important that it exhibit certain characteristics. The photograph should, first of all, be about people. Nothing is more fascinating than the human face and the human condition. - Bill Owens, Documentary photography: A personal view (Addison House photographic survival kit) by Bill Owens , ISBN: 0891690379 , Page: 47
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I wanted people to be aware of the crass consumerism of the American culture, but young people are not taught to have social concerns. The emphasis is on being financially successful. Plus there is too much to do, and people can’t sort it out. Look in the Sunday paper, and there are a zillion things to go do. Why be socially concerned when you can go out and have fun? - Bill Owens

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