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BILL OWENS
[b. 1938] American photographer, photojournalist, brewer and editor
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

Photoshop is not in my vocabulary. I don’t need it because I have content. - Bill Owens

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

I wouldn’t have ended up divorced if I had that security of a regular job. We were always hanging onto the edge. The next grant, the next book contract was always going to be the one to make it. It never did. Finally your dreams all crash, the dreams of communicating through journalism, through documentary photography. - Bill Owens

When someone sees me with a camera that weighs almost ten pounds, he assumes immediately that I’m a serious photographer. - Bill Owens

I had no money. I couldn’t make a living. Then one day I found my Nikon under the seat of my car and I realized I wasn’t a photographer anymore. - Bill Owens

I’d been traveling the world and suddenly I got to Livermore and I was in total culture shock. I had a wife and baby and everybody my age already had the house and the swimming pool and the two cars. I’m shooting the Rotary Club, the Junior Women’s Club and thinking, “Who are these people?” But I start to get to know them. I’d go out and shoot them for the newspaper and then think, “Man, I ought to go back and shoot this on my own time." - Bill Owens - On his book “Suburbia”

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