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1973 - OWENS, Bill. Suburbia. (San Francisco): Straight Arrow, (1973). Oblong quarto, original photographic stiff paper wrappers. $1700.Early edition of the pioneering photobook, boldly inscribed on the half-title, "Pqt, Can you avoid suburbia? Bill Owens," with 96 pages of black-and-white halftones, many paired with captioned quotes that add to the book's "indelible poignancy" (New York Times)."Almost every photo in Suburbia repays attentive looking, with details that turn an average photo into a great one". A groundbreaking exemplar of documentary photography" (New York Times). In Suburbia, Bill Owens accomplished an "exemplary, no-frills documentary tone". one of the most popular and successful American photobooks of the 1970s" (Parr & Badger II:24). "Suburbia is too sympathetic and too conflicted to be simply another ironic deadpan document". This delicate balance of outsider and insider perspectives turns the resulting book into a critical self-portrait""one that's almost painfully observant but withholds judgment" (Roth, 224). First edition, second issue, preceded by December 1972 edition. Open Book, 296. Images clean and bright; light edge-wear to original wrappers. A near-fine copy, scarce inscribed. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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