Setting out from the great migratory waves and the rapid movement to the towns that took place in the 1960s, Owens began his career documenting the gatherings at Woodstock (the beat generation, the Rolling Stones at Altamont) and the pacifist demonstrations against the Vietnam war. By the '70s he was already the official portraitist of that American way of life made up of neighbourhood, white fences and little flags in the garden.
The publication shows a selection – made by Owens himself – of the most important images of his photo series: "Suburbia" (1970-72), "Our kind of People" (1969-75), "Working: I do it for money" (1975-77), "Leisure: Americans at play" (1973-80), "After Suburbia" (1975-77), "115 days: a Photographer’s journey across America" (2003) and "New Suburbia" (2006-07).
In his most recent work Owens recounts the natural evolution of the Suburbia scenario: cement as far as the eye can see and labyrinthine grids of streets where everyday life no longer seems to grant anything to the smile and curiosity of the photos shot in previous decades.
The book is introduced with a fiction story by American writer A.M. Homes.