Jim Goldberg

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Date of Birth: 1953
Place of Birth: New Haven, USA
Date of Death: -
Focus: Photographer
Art movement: Social Aims
Nationality: American

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Jim Goldberg is an American photographer and writer whose work is focused on giving marginalized portions of society a voice in American culture. His work is primarily accomplished through published photo books, which combine photographic essays and writing. While the photos are Goldberg’s, the writing is often that of the people he is portraying. Goldberg’s 1985 book, “Rich and Poor,” is one of his better known works. In this book, photos of the subjects in their homes are featured, along with their own handwritten texts. “Rich and Poor” was critically acclaimed and was included in a 2001 anthology edited by Andrew Roth, “The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the 20th Century.”

In addition to photographic essays, Jim Goldberg also shows his photographs as multi-media exhibits. His 1988 exhibit, “The Nursing Home Series,” features photos of nursing home residents along with notes in their own handwriting. An exhibit entitled, “Raised by Wolves,” which centered on the theme of homeless children, began showing in 1995, and a book of the same title was also published.

Goldberg, who was born in 1953, currently works as a Professor of Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts and lives in San Francisco, California. Any study of American photography would be remiss without including Goldberg’s work, as his photos capture the spirit of our society in a manner that words alone cannot.