Thursday, April 26, 2018
THE INDEPENDENT (LIVERMORE) -- Bill Owens was first introduced to photography while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. He studied at San Francisco State College and was hired in 1968 as a staff photographer for The Independent newspaper in Livermore. His fascination with the people and lifestyles he encountered while on assignment led him to explore the subject further through self-assigned personal shoots on the weekends. Some of the people he photographed he met through his work at The Independent, some were relatives and friends, and others were people who responded to advertisements he placed seeking people amenable to being photographed at home.