'Suburbia' photographer presents slide show April 15

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008

Acclaimed photographer Bill Owens, known worldwide for his book "Suburbia," will give a free lecture and slide presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Alaska State Museum.

Owens is in Juneau serving as the juror for Alaska Positive 2008, the statewide photography exhibition, which opens at the museum in May.

Published in 1973, "Suburbia" documented life in a typical, newly built California housing tract. It established Owens as a photographer known for his ability to find the bizarre in the ordinary. He has since published other photography portfolios on themes such as work and leisure, and his photographs have been widely exhibited. He is working on a book about food and a book featuring cars from the 1950s and '60s.

Owens describes himself as a "photographer, brewer, distiller and raconteur." He has been a key figure in the microbrewery movement in the United States and wrote "How to Build a Small Brewery." Owens also founded three brew-pubs and published American Brewer Magazine for 17 years. He has since become interested in micro-distilleries and is a founder of the American Distilling Institute.

Examples of Owens' work can be seen on his Web site, billowens.com. For more information, call 465-2901.

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