Jim Goldberg

Rich and Poor (1977-1985)

JIM GOLDBERG is known for his distinctive use of image and text, a signature of his work begun with the series Rich and Poor (1977-1985) presented above. It consists of photographs of people in their homes along with handwritten comments by them about their lives. This documentary represents not just the polarity of class but the particularity of human experience. More exposing than a nude portrait, GOLDBERG’s approach is however essentially collaborative – not a relinquishing of authorship (these texts are still the result of the photographer’s carefully formulated questioning) but an attempt to solve the problem of creating a balanced documentary. He confounds simplistic stereotypes of rich or poor by engaging the viewer with their essential humanity. The book Rich and Poor was later selected as one of the greatest photobooks of the 20th century.

Since 2003, JIM GOLDBERG has been photographing and collecting stories through a range of media: Polaroids, video, written text, ephemera, large and medium format photographs. Many of his photographs have been annotated, drawn upon or destroyed by the subjects creating a dynamic and unique approach to the documentary genre with a strong and thought provoking message.

JIM GOLDBERG is a Professor of Photography and Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts and has been a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 2006. He lives and works in San Francisco. He is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York, the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, and Magnum Photos.



3 commentaires pour “Jim Goldberg”

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    > des idées, des idées !

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  3. son travail est vraiment touchant et profond…je suis ravie que ça t’inspire! J’ai hâte de voir ça ;-)

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