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Bill Owens: Inside Affordable Housing

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Bill Owens

Born in San Jose, California in 1938, Bill Owens made a mark photographing the cultural life of his Livermore neighbors. His work has become a landmark chronicle of the mid-century suburban explosion and a seminal influence for an entire generation of American photographers. Owens has enjoyed numerous solo exhibitions worldwide and has had seven monographs of his work published, including Suburbia in 1973; Working (I Do It for the Money) in 1977, and Leisure in 2004. His career began as a photographer for the local Livermore independent newspaper in 1976. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship award, founded Buffalo Bill's (a micro-brewery in Berkeley), and published American Brewer magazine. More of his work can be found at www.billowens.com.

Inside Curran House

We visited Curran House with photographer Bill Owens to meet the families and community of this affordable housing building in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.


Inside Curran House from Db+P, Architects on Vimeo.

Inside 8th + Howard/SOMA Studios

We visited 8th + Howard/SOMA Studios with photographer Bill Owens to meet the folks and families living in this unique affordable housing project—combining SRO-style units and family apartments—in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood.


Inside 8th + Howard/SOMA Studios from Db+P, Architects on Vimeo.

Inside Folsom + Dore

 We visited Folsom + Dore with photographer Bill Owens to meet the residents of these supportive apartments in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood.


Inside Folsom + Dore from Db+P, Architects on Vimeo.