Bill Owens was born in 1938 in San Josè, California, and rose to fame in 1972 thanks to Suburbia and a number of other monographic publications on the customs of the American middle class. A collector of folk art and Pop memorabilia, he is keen on food, classic cars, and for many years he has been editor of American Brewer, a magazine dedicated to the brewing industry. Owens was one of the first photography artists to be awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. His works have been exhibited throughout the world.
His main exhibitions include those at the San Francisco MOMA; San Josè Museum of Art; Salon de la Photo, Paris; Centre Photographic de l’Ile de France; Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle; Howard Greenberg and Matthew Marks Galleries, New York; Eyestorm Gallery, London; Photo Espana, Madrid; International Center for Photography, New York; the Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; James Cohan Gallery, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Centre Pompidou, Paris.