Jim Goldberg

American, b. 1953

Jim Goldberg is a Professor of Art at the California College of Arts and Crafts and a member of Magnum Photos. He has been exhibiting for over 30 years and his innovative use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times. He began to explore experimental storytelling and the potentials of combining image and text with “Rich and Poor”, (1977-85), where he juxtaposed the residents of welfare hotel rooms with the upper class and their elegantly furnished home interiors to investigate the nature of American myths about class, power, and happiness. In "Raised by Wolves” (1985-95), he worked closely with and documented runaway teenagers in San Francisco and Los Angeles to create a book and exhibition that combined original photographs, text, home movie stills, snapshots, drawings, diary entries as well as single and multi-channel video, sculpture, found objects, light boxes and other 3-D elements. He is currently working on two books on migration in Europe to be published in 2009 and 2010 by Steidl. He is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York and the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco.

His work is in numerous private and public collections including NYMOMA, SFMOMA, Whitney, Getty, LACMA, Corcoran, MFA Boston, Hallmark Collection, The High Museum, Library of Congress, MFA Houston, National Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jim Goldberg’s 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. He lives and works in San Francisco.


1979       Master of Fine Arts (Photography), San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
1975       Bachelor of Arts (Interdisciplinary Major in Photography and Education), Western
              Washington University, Washington, USA


2007       The Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, France
2007       Soros Foundation-OSI Documentary Award, USA
2006       The Aftermath Project Award, USA
2003       Alpert Ucross Residency Prize
2001       The Art Council Award
              Hasselblad Award
1997       Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation Grant
1996       Eureka Fellowship
              Fleishhaker Award
1995       Ernst Haas Award (Photography Book of the Year for Raised by Wolves)
1994       Highland Award
              Roberts Foundation Grant
1992       Glen Eagles Foundation Grant
              Art Matters, Inc., New York
1990       NEA Fellowship in Photography
              California Arts Council Fellowship
1989       Mother Jones Photography Award
              Art Matters, Inc., New York
              NEA Fellowship in Photography
              T.B. Walker Foundation
              California Tamarack Foundation
1985       Guggenheim Fellowship
              Engelhard Award
              Cambridge Art Council Commission
1983       Ruttenberg Fellowship
1980       NEA Fellowship in Photography
              Hasselblad Award
              Art Council Award
              National Endowment for the Arts Grant
              Guggenheim Fellowship
              Gerbode Fellowship


2009        Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France
2007        Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005        In the Open See - Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2004        Two Stories - Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
1999        Rich and Poor - Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
               57/78/97 - San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1998        Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1997        Raised by Wolves - San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, USA;
               Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; Pace/Wildenstein/MacGill,
               Los Angeles, USA
1996        Jim Goldberg: Raised by Wolves - Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; 
               Pace/Wildenstein/MacGill, New York, USA; Addison Gallery of American Art,
               Andover, USA
1995        Raised by Wolves - Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA; Zürich 
               Museum of Design, Zürich, Switzerland
1991        Art in General, New York, USA
1990        Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA
               Art at the Anchorage - Creative Time, New York, USA
1989        Capp Street Project, San Francisco, USA
               University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, USA
1988        Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA
               Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
1987        Akron Art Museum, Akron, USA
               Western Washington University, Bellingham, USA
               Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Cambridge, USA
               University Art Museum, Berkeley, USA
1986        The Tartt Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA
1985        Northlight Gallery, Tempe, USA
               Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA
               De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, USA
               G. H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, USA
1984        Houston Center for Photography, Houston, USA
               Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
               Friends of Photography Gallery, Carmel, USA
               Lightsong Gallery, Tucson, USA
1982        Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, USA
1981        O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, USA
               Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, USA
1980        Equivalents Gallery, Seattle, USA
1979        Nova Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, USA
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, USA
Akron Art Museum, Akron, USA
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA
Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, USA
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, USA
Hallmark Collection, Kansas City, USA
High Museum of Art, USA
Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, USA
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA
Light Work, Syracuse, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
La Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., USA
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Rose Art Museum, Waltham, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
University of California Art Museum, Berkeley, USA
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA


2009        Open See, Steidl, Germany
2009        Rich and Poor, Steidl, Germany
2007        Jim Goldberg & Wolf Bowig : War is Only Half the Story, Aperture, USA
2007        It Ended Sad, But I Love Where It Began, These Birds Walk ,USA
1996        Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry (In collaboration with Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Jack
               Radcliffe, and Kathy Vargas), Bulfinch/Little, Brown & Company, USA
1995        Raised by Wolves, Scalo Publications, USA
1985        Rich and Poor, Random House, USA