Jim Goldberg

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Jim Goldberg
James Goldberg

EducationSan Francisco Art Institute
Known forFine art photography
PartnerAlessandra Sanguinetti
Websitewww.jimgoldberg.com Magnum Photos

Jim Goldberg (born 1953[1]) is an American artist and photographer, whose work reflects long-term, in-depth collaborations with neglected, ignored, or otherwise outside-the-mainstream populations.

Among the many awards Goldberg has received are three National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships in Photography, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. His works have been exhibited, published, and collected internationally.

Goldberg is Professor Emeritus at the California College of the Arts, and has been a member of the Magnum Photos agency since 2002. He currently lives and works in the greater Bay Area.

Artistic career[edit]

Goldberg is best known for his photography books, multi-media exhibitions, and video installations, among them: Rich and Poor (1985), Nursing Home, Raised by Wolves (1995), Hospice, and Open See (2009). His work often examines the lives of neglected, ignored, or otherwise outside-the-mainstream populations through long-term, in depth collaborations which investigate the nature of American myths about class, power, and happiness.

Goldberg is part of an experimental documentary movement in photography, using a straightforward, cinéma vérité approach, based on a fundamentally narrative understanding of photography. The individuality of the subjects emerges in his works, "forming a context within which the viewer may integrate the unthinkable into the concept of self. Thus portrayed, this terrifying other is restored as a universal."[2]

Goldberg's work was featured with that of Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld in a 1984 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art entitled "Three Americans"; the exhibition was described as "a show of politically charged and socially conscious images."[3]

His 1985 book Rich and Poor, re-released by Steidl in an expanded edition in 2014, includes photographs of people in their homes along with handwritten comments by them about their lives.[4] For example, the handwriting under the photograph reproduced on the front cover reads "I keep thinking where we went wrong. We have no one to talk to now, however, I will not allow this loneliness to destroy me,— I STILL HAVE MY DREAMS. I would like an elegant home, a loving husband and the wealth I am used to. Countess Vivianna de Bronville." Although the book received one mixed review shortly after publication,[5] other reviews were positive,[6][7] and it was later selected as one of the greatest photobooks of the 20th century.[4]

The photographs in a 1986 exhibition of Goldberg's The Nursing Home Series were accompanied by handwritten text by the nursing home residents who were the subjects of the photographs.[8] A review of a 1990 exhibition Shooting Back: Photography by and About the Homeless at the Washington Project for the Arts characterized the exhibition as "Issue Art" and characterized Goldberg as "a superior Issue Artist because he's a superior artist."[9]

A major mixed-media exhibition by Goldberg concerning at risk and homeless youth in California entitled Raised by Wolves began traveling in 1995 and was accompanied by a book of the same title.[10] A review of the exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art noted that Goldberg made reference to other artists and photographers; used photographs, videos, objects, and texts to convey meaning; and "let his viewers feel, in some corner of their psyches, the lure of abject lowliness, the siren call of pain."[10] Although the accompanying book received one mixed review shortly after publication,[11] it was described as "a heartbreaking novel with pictures",[10] and in The Photobook: A History, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger praised it as "complex and thoughtful."[12]

A 1999 mixed media installation at the San Francisco Arts Commission gallery entitled "57/78/97" explored race relations in the United States, including the Little Rock Crisis of 1957, the 1978 Regents of the University of California v. Bakke decision, and the year following the passage of California Proposition 209 (1996) concerning affirmative action.[13]

Selected photographs from a series by Goldberg called "Open See," concerning refugees, immigrants, and trafficked people, were first exhibited in San Francisco in 2007.[14][15] One review stated that the photographs may leave the viewer "paralyzed by uncertainty about what might alleviate the injustices" depicted.[15] Part of the series came to be known as "Open See",[16] and Goldberg's book of that title was published in 2009 by Steidl.

In 2013 Goldberg was an artist in residence at Yale University Art Gallery with Donovan Wylie. They each created a body of work based in New Haven. In Candy, Jim Goldberg, a New Haven native, creates a multilayered photo-novel of aspiration and disillusionment, interspersing Super 8 film stills, images of New Haven’s urban landscape, annotated Polaroid portraits, and collaged archival materials to explicate the rise and fall of American cities in the 20th century. Goldberg considers New Haven’s quest to become a “model city” of America, contrasting its civic aspirations with its citizens’ lived realities.

Goldberg is a Professor Emeritus of Photography and Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts[17] from 1987-2014 and has been a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 2006.[18] He lives and works in the Bay Area. His fashion, editorial and advertising work has appeared in numerous publications including W, Details, Flaunt, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rebel, GQ, The New Yorker and Dazed and Confused.[citation needed]


Goldberg studied at San Francisco Art Institute[19] with Larry Sultan, a conceptually oriented photographer.[20]


Publications by Goldberg[edit]

  • Rich and Poor.
    • New York: Random House, 1985. ISBN 0-394-74156-0.
    • Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2014. ISBN 978-3869306889. Expanded edition.
  • Raised by Wolves. Zurich and New York: Scalo, 1995. ISBN 1-881616-50-9.
  • It Ended Sad, But I Love Where it Began. Kin series, book 4. Oakland, CA: These Birds Walk, 2007.
  • Open See. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86521-826-1.
  • 134 Ways to Forget. Kamakura, Japan: Super Labo, 2011. ISBN 978-4-905052-30-2. Edition of 700 copies.
  • Proof. New York: International Center of Photography, 2013. OCLC 2036576758. Zine format. Edition of 1000 copies.
  • Polaroids from Haiti. One Picture Book 84. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2014. ISBN 978-1-59005-392-8.
  • The Last Son. Kanagawa, Japan: Super Labo, 2016. ISBN 978-4-905052-92-0.
  • Candy. New Haven, CT: Yale, 2017. ISBN 978-0300222999. A two-volume set with Donovan Wylie's A Good and Spacious Land.
  • Ruby Every Fall. Paso Robles: Nazraeli Press, 2016. Edition of 100 copies.
  • Raised By Wolves Bootleg. Self-published, 2016. Edition of 500 copies.
  • Darrell and Particia. San Francisco: Pier 24 Photography, 2018. Edition of 1,500 copies.
  • Gene. Self-published. Edition of 250 copies.
  • Fingerprint. London: Stanley/Barker, 2020. Box set of 45 facsimile Polaroids.

Publications paired with others[edit]

Publications with contributions by Goldberg[edit]

Awards and grants[edit]



Goldberg's work is held in the following public collections:


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  5. ^ Depietro, Thomas. A touch of two classes. The New York Times, 30 March 1986. Accessed 30 January 2010.
  6. ^ Eder, Richard. Ex libris. Los Angeles Times, 8 December 1985.
  7. ^ Groenfeldt, Tom. An art with depth of field. The Record (New Jersey), 17 January 1986.
  8. ^ a b Pincus, Robert L. 'Invisible People' come to life in stirring photographic show. San Diego Union, April 3, 1988.
  9. ^ a b Richard, Paul. Making an issue of it - in the post-postmodern look, the power's in the message. Washington Post, 24 September 1990.
  10. ^ a b c d Richard, Paul. Finding beauty in desperation - at the Corcoran, Jim Goldberg's stirring photos of runaway children. Washington Post, 18 September 1995.
  11. ^ Woodward, Richard B. Runaways. The New York Times, 15 October 1995. Accessed 30 January 2010.
  12. ^ Parr, Martin, and Gerry Badger. The photobook: a history. Volume II. London & New York: Phaidon, 2006. Page 303. ISBN 0-7148-4433-0.
  13. ^ a b Miller, Alicia. Jim Goldberg at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery.] Artweek, volume 30, number 5, pages 17-18, May 1999.
  14. ^ Stephen Wirtz Gallery. Jim Goldberg. The new Europeans. Exhibition dates: October 4 - November 10, 2007. Archived January 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 30 January 2010.
  15. ^ a b c Baker, Kenneth. Jim Goldberg's brave images are more than just art. San Francisco Chronicle, 03 November 2007. Accessed 24 January 2010.
  16. ^ a b O'Hagan, Sean. Jim Goldberg: Open See. The Observer, 1 November 2009. Accessed 24 January 2010.
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  31. ^ Fleishhacker Foundation. Eureka Fellowship program recipients. Accessed 27 January 2010.
  32. ^ Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. 1996 arts and culture grants. Accessed 27 January 2010.
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  35. ^ Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Jim Goldberg, winner of the HCB Award 2007. Archived 2009-05-21 at the Wayback Machine 13 June 2007. Accessed 30 January 2010.
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  42. ^ Stephen Bulger Gallery. Jim Goldberg. In the open see. September 10 - October 29, 2005. Accessed 30 January 2010.
  43. ^ O'Hagan, Sean. Sons, lovers ... and weird things about mothers. The Observer, 12 July 2009. Accessed 30 January 2010.
  44. ^ Mesplé, Louis. «Open See»: le photographe et les migrants racontent l'histoire. Rue 89, 31 May 2009. Accessed 24 January 2010.
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  58. ^ "Jim Goldberg". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  59. ^ Whitney Museum of American Art. Collection. All artists in the collection. Archived 2013-11-23 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 30 January 2010.

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