Bill Owens (American, b. September 25, 1938) is a photographer from San Jose, California, known for his objective depiction of Post-War suburban life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After serving in the Peace Corps, he took a job as a photojournalist at a local newspaper, where he began anthropologically capturing suburban culture on camera. Owens is best known for his portrayal of the middle-class through black and white photography, and his work was featured in his 1972 book, Suburbia.. He received a
Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976, and today, his photographs are part of several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the San Jose Museum of Art.